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Just the Stats: No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State

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All the rankings and stats behind this week’s matchup in East Lansing!

Penn State v Michigan State
None of this this week please.
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Penn St. Nittany Lions (7-0; 4-0 Big Ten East) vs Michigan State Spartans (4-3; 2-2 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, October 26, 2019--ABC

Spartan Stadium (Capacity: 75,005 / East Lansing, MI)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Michigan State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 178.3 (52) 117.7 (27) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 261.0 (44) 196.6 (35) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 162.22 (16) 126.16 (51) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 439.3 (40) 314.3 (22) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 40.0 (T - 10) 21.0 (33) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 66.3 (4) 117.1 (110) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 215.9 (59) 240.3 (64) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 109.85 (15) 125.55 (87) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 282.1 (12) 357.4 (100) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 10.0 (3) 23.9 (T - 96) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 2.67 (T - 15) 8.07 (60) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 6.39 (79) 5.08 (41) Punt Return Defense (ypr)
Net Punting Yds 39.19 (48) 41.33 (27) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 18.09 (107) 21.94 (86) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 18.71 (35) 19.73 (79) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo
Turnover Margin +0.57 (T - 27) +.53 (T - 32) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 8) 7 (T - 33) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 6 (T - 50) 4 (T - 32) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 51.86 (44) 58.71 (81) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 4.00 (T - 4) 1.42 (T - 30) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.71 (T - 47) 2.86 (T - 27) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 8.90 (4) 5.00 (T - 33) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.00 (T - 69) 7.60 (T - 19) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 96.3% (9) 76.2% (29) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 80.0% (T - 44) 84.6% (T - 56) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 77.78% 52.38% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 46.67% 57.69% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 42.2% (T - 47) 38.6% (73) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 30.5% (16) 38.6% (73) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 83.3% (6) 63.6% (100) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 64) 54.5% (T - 59) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 154 (T - 51) 127 (T - 32) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 112 (17) 139 (T - 85) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 28:19 (103) 28:43 (92) Time of Possession Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

Difference >50 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >75 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

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Note:

All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA.

The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.

Quick thoughts:

Unfortunately, this looks pretty similar to the last time the Lions visited the Spartans - but fortunately, as of the writing of this post, there’s no rain in the forecast for this game.

Last week we talked about special teams trending in the right direction - and that’s continuing this week. Something else that surprised me when running these numbers is fourth down defense; but, by virtue of their defense locking down early, the Lions have faced the third most number of fourth down conversion attempts in the nation so far. Wow.

What say you all?