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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Nebraska

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What happens when two storied programs having Very Bad seasons meet on the gridiron in front of little to no fans? Find out this week!

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (0-3 Big Ten East) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2 Big Ten West)

12:00 p.m. ET, November 14, 2020--FS1

Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 90,000** / Lincoln, NE)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Nebraska Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 129.3 (94) 181.5 (78) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 286.3 (29) 222.5 (50) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 131.85 (71) 172.04 (114) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 415.7 (53) 404.0 (61) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 26.3 (82) 36.5 (95) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 124.0 (30) 217.0 (22) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 256.7 (87) 189.0 (98) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 160.5 (105) 104.23 (116) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 380.7 (46) 406.0 (63) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 36.3 (94) 15.0 (116) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 21.00 (120) -1.50 (123) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 11.00 (27) 16.75 (116) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 39.64 (51) 33.80 (111) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 16.43 (100) 16.67 (21) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 0.00 (T - 1) 16.25 (101) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Turnover Margin -1.67 (118) -0.50 (88) Turnover Margin
Passes Had Intercepted 5 (T - 75) 2 (T - 70) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 1 (T - 91) 2 (T - 32) Passes Had Intercepted
Penalty Yds/Game 52.00 (50) 72.50 (104) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 2.67 (38) 2.00 (47) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 4.33 (119) 2.00 (64) Sacks
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 6.00 (T - 61) 6.50 (71) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 7.33 (94) 6.00 (T - 61) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 61.5% (120) 88.9% (T - 88) Redzone Defense (%)
Redzone Defense (%) 81.8% (50) 66.7% (T - 110) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 53.85% 77.78% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 63.64% 33.33% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 45.7% (36) 51.7% (111) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 107) 30.8% (T - 110) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 42.9% (T - 97) 100.0% (T - 116) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 38) 66.7% (T - 34) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 77 (74) 42 (21) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 56 (32) 45 (99) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 32:19 (30) 29:36 (69) Time of Possession new PSU logo
Strength of Schedule 7 1 Strength of Schedule 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 except for strength of schedule, which is not ranked by the NCAA and instead taken from team rankings.

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:

To give you all an idea of how I pull together these statistics: first, I go through all of Penn State’s stats, updating as I go down the list, then our opponent’s stats, then I compare. And this week, I have to tell you, I started getting (even more) dejected while going through the Nittany Lions’ statistics, which were pretty ok before last week’s shitshow but plummeted this week.

And then I started going over Nebraska’s stats, and I started laughing. Woof, this is going to be a race to the bottom sort of game, isn’t it?

And the one area that’s subjective, and where it looks like PSU might have the edge - in the redzone (wait, stop laughing!!) - I decided to go with pushes instead of giving PSU the edge. Why, might you ask? Well, they’ve got to show me that they can actually put the ball throught he uprights, rather than taking two sacks and missing a field goal. It’s just that kind of year.