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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Maryland

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The Nittany Lions are unranked for the first time since 2016. I don’t expect that to last very long.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Maryland Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

#12 Penn St. Nittany Lions (0-2 Big Ten East) vs Maryland Terrapins (1-1 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, November 7, 2020--BTN

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

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Maryland Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 147.0 (64) 293.5 (102) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 259.5 (34) 200.5 (27) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 152.92 (24) 162.85 (90) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 406.5 (48) 494.0 (95) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 30.0 (T - 49) 43.5 (99) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 124.5 (28) 172.5 (45) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 244.0 (56) 268.5 (28) Passing Offense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency Defense 146.42 (67) 142.20 (41) Pass Efficiency
Total Defense (ypg) 368.5 (35) 441.0 (28) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 37.0 (T - 84) 24.0 (77) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 21.00 (101) 5.00 (T - 66) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 0.00 (T - 91) 1.00 (17) Punt Return Defense (ypr)
Net Punting Yds 39.14 (49) 38.50 (T - 56) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 12.25 (98) 18.00 (31) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 0.00 (T - 1) 15.29 (90) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Turnover Margin -1.00 (T - 85) -2.50 (103) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 3 (T - 34) 0 (T - 95) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 1 (T - 80) 4 (T - 51) Passes Had Intercepted
Penalty Yds/Game 65.5 (76) 78.5 (94) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 2.50 (41) 1.50 (25) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 3.00 (76) .50 (101) Sacks new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 5.50 (65) 3.50 (5) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.50 (59) 4.00 (96) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 66.7% (92) 100.0% (T - 94) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 81.8% (T - 47) 75.0% (79) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 55.56% 72.73% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 63.64% 50.00% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 46.2% (29) 48.1% (81) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 46.7% (77) 31.6% (87) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 33.3% (T - 85) 100.0% (T - 96) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 33) 100.0% (T - 1) 4th Down Conv. %
1st Downs 47 (T - 82) 55 (T - 27) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 40 (T - 11) 42 (T - 89) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 31:40 (27) 24:45 (94) Time of Possession new PSU logo new PSU logo
Strength of Schedule 2 46 Strength of Schedule 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 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:

Do you guys remember what this chart looked like headed into last year? No? Well, let me refresh your memory: it was a heckuva lot more Ms than this year. And then this happened:

(shout out to bscaff’s still-epic Film Room from after that game).

When I’m saying we’re the best no win team in the nation, that’s not a joke, and that’s not because the Pac 12 hasn’t started playing yet. There’s a reason why we’re still top ten in Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings.

Special teams, on paper, still seems to be a glaring area of weakness, but I’m not too concerned about much else on here - when you’re giving up almost 300 yards on the ground per game like Maryland’s defense is, of course teams aren’t going to pass on you much.

But, of course, this is still 2020, and anything can happen in this insane year. Is Maryland beating Penn State at home is one of them, even with Tua Tagovailoa’s younger brother? Well, let’s just say the numbers don’t bear that out.