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Just the Stats: No. 7 Penn State at Indiana

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Normally these posts come after a few games, but this year’s completely wonky in many ways, so we’re starting these posts off differently

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl Classic-Memphis vs Penn State
so glad you’re back, Free Moose.
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (0-0; 0-0 Big Ten East) vs Indiana Hoosiers (0-0; 0-0 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, October 24, 2020--FS1

Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 52,929 / Bloomington, IN)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Indiana Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 190.6 (36) 138.5 (43) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 221.3 (76) 213.7 (46) Passing Defense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency 141.78 (50) 128.01 (48) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 411.9 (57) 352.2 (36) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 35.8 (15) 24.4 (45) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 95.0 (5) 130.4 (106) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logonew PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 251.5 (100) 302.40 (15) Passing Offense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency Defense 124.3 (41) 150.61 (24) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 346.5 (34) 432.8 (41) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.0 (8) 31.8 (43) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 1.70 (5) 4.00 (116) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 6.36 (T - 83) 9.14 (87) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 39.90 (33) 38.50 (63) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 19.61 (85) 20.00 (50) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 17.07 (7) 19.11 (94) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Turnover Margin +0.62 (19) +.15 (50) Turnover Margin new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 9 (T - 47) 7 (T - 100) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 8 (T - 45) 9 (T - 47) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 45.31 (26) 63.85 (111) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 3.46 (7) 2.08 (67) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.46 (98) 2.08 (69) Sacks
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.80 (11) 5.69 (61) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.23 (87) 6.20 (53) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 90.4% (T - 21) 89.5% (115) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 81.8% (T - 54) 85.5% (56) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 71.15% 63.16% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 48.48% 62.90% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 42.4% (41) 35.2% (34) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 36.0% (37) 46.9% (15) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 61.1% (28) 52.2% (64) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 57.7% (T - 94) 44.4% (92) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 275 (55) 248 (41) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 246 (T-37) 304 (22) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 27:53 (108) 33:43 (7) Time of Possession

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.

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:

No, you didn’t miss some 2020 Big Ten football games that I got the above statistics from; because of this year’s shortened season, and half of the division having started games over a month ago, we made the editorial decision to kick off this year by using the 2019 football season’s rankings.

What does that mean? Who knows! It could be incredibly prescient, with the departure of Micah Parsons and injury to Journey Brown not being a factor in the game’s outcome. Or, the curse of the trip to Bloomington to face the perennial chaos team of the Big Ten East could mean that the game is far closer than last season’s raw stats indicate.

My money’s on somewhere in the middle, with plenty of belly aching from PSU fans all day and frustration from Hoosiers that they can’t ever seem to get over their hump.

What say you all?