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Just the Stats: No. 10 Penn State vs Rutgers

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It’s senior day, and the Scarlet Knights come to town!

NCAA Football: Penn State at Rutgers
more of this this week, please
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Penn St. Nittany Lions (9-2; 6-2 Big Ten East) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-9; 0-8 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, November 30, 2019--BTN

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Rutgers Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 166.4 (61) 196.5 (107) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 242.1 (60) 246.3 (94) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 144.79 (46) 151.75 (115) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 408.5 (64) 442.7 (104) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 35.0 (22) 37.5 (124) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 89.8 (4) 129.2 (106) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 235.5 (77) 133.9 (123) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 123.89 (37) 101.93 (128) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 325.4 (27) 263.1 (129) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 14.8 (9) 13.9 (129) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 1.89 (9) 2.83 (121) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 5.70 (96) 5.79 (38) Punt Return Defense (ypr) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Net Punting Yds 38.95 (50) 41.83 (13) Net Punting Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 19.13 (90) 22.65 (99) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 17.46 (12) 20.19 (74) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo
Turnover Margin +0.73 (T - 15) -1.27 (129) Turnover Margin new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 7 (T - 37) 5 (T - 112) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 8 (T - 76) 15 (T - 123) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 49.45 (35) 59.27 (T - 82) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 3.27 (T - 10) 2.09 (T - 70) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.18 (T - 77) 1.27 (T - 116) Sacks new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.80 (11) 6.36 (T - 92) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.09 (T - 78) 4.30 (T - 119) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 90.7% (T - 19) 83.3% (T - 62) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 84.0% (72) 75.0% (T - 110) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 69.77% 68.75% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 52.00% 41.67% Redzone TD % new PSU logo new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 42.3% (43) 45.1% (109) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 34.5% (32) 33.5% (T - 116) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 69.2% (15) 50.0% (T - 58) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 58.3% (93) 41.7% (T - 100) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 233 (T - 65) 256 (T - 114) 1st Downs Allowed new PSU logo
1st Downs Allowed 200 (T - 30) 141 (130) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 28:03 (108) 29:45 (72) Time of Possession 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Strength of Schedule 1 82 Strength of Schedule new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo

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

Difference >100 in National Rank =new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

Note:

All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is taken from Team Rankings.com.

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:

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Here’s what this chart looked like in 2018; final score was 20-7, PSU.

Here’s what it was in 2017; final score was 35-6. In 2016, vs the final score of 39-0. And then in 2015, the chart heavily-favored-by-the-numbers-Rutgers (lol), and the Lions won 28-3.

And here comes 2019, blowing it all out of the water. In the many years in which I’ve done these posts, I don’t recall ever seeing so many rankings in the bottom 10 of all FBS squads. It’s obvious why Chris Ash was fired by the Rutgers’ athletic department - but the team looks like it’s just quit. And coming off three seasons under Ash that saw RU only win seven games (combined!), that’s saying a lot.

And unlike some years, with some teams with such stats and rankings, there’s a very difficult schedule to contend with. But not this Rutgers team! At least they have punt return defense?