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Just the Stats: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State

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Writing this post made me madder than I had been since Saturday evening.

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl Classic-Memphis vs Penn State Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (0-1 Big Ten East) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0 Big Ten East)

7:30 p.m. ET, October 31, 2020--ABC

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,579* / University Park, PA)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 238.0 (46) 217.0 (87) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 250.0 (11) 160.0 (10) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 142.55 (39) 147.20 (67) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 488.0 (15) 377.0 (40) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 35.0 (31) 17.0 (14) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 41.0 (1) 222.0 (16) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 170.0 (12) 276.0 (27) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 96.06 (6) 237.07 (2) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 211.0 (4) 498.0 (13) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 36.0 (80) 51.5 (1) Scoring Offense (ppg)
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 21.0 (98) 11.5 (T - 27) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 0.00 (T - 87) 0.00 (3) Punt Return Defense (ypr)
Net Punting Yds 32.67 (91) 49.00 (2) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 11.00 (96) 18.00 (31) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 0.00 (1) 7.00 (98) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Turnover Margin -1.00 (T - 80) +1.00 (T - 12) Turnover Margin
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 28) 0.00 (T - 75) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 1 (75) 0 (T - 1) Passes Had Intercepted
Penalty Yds/Game 100.00 (99) 56.20 (74) Penalty Yds/Game
Sacks 3.00 (T - 18) 3.00 (77) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.00 (T 9) 3.00 (T - 18) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 6.00 (T - 46) 6.00 (T - 45) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.00 (T - 45) 5.00 (T - 81) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 50.0% (95) 100.0% (T - 88) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 100.0% (T - 88) 100.0% (T - 3) Redzone Offense (%)
Redzone TD % 50.00% 66.67% Redzone TD % Defense
Redzone TD % Defense 80.00% 83.33% Redzone TD %
3rd Down Conv. % 52.9% (12) 40.0% (T - 52) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 33.3% (T - 19) 61.5% (2) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T - 53) 0.00% (T - 1) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 00.0% (T - 1) 100.0% (T - 1) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 27 (79) 17 (T - 7) (T - 30) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 16 (T - 5) 28 (78) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 40:22 (2) 33:14 (13) 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

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:

If you look at the numbers from last week’s Stupidest Game Ever, it would seem like PSU won going away. Alas, that’s not the way the scoreboard works, and Penn State hosts OSU with this worthless season almost on the line.

Can Penn State beat Ohio State? Provided the zebras have gotten their vision checked prior to this week’s game, definitely. If this was a full white out crowd, I would’ve put my money on PSU anyway (as it is, the $40 I bet in Vegas in February on the Nittany Lions winning the 2020 CFP title is down the drain).

Sorry, world. At least we have football to watch and cheer for slash yell at, and though a lot of folks are down on the Lions, I’m bullish. It’ll be a close game, with strength (PSU defense) against strength (OSU offense). Just clean up the special teams a bit, ok, coach Lorig?