Penn St. Nittany Lions (2-5 Big Ten East) vs Michigan State Spartans (2-4 Big Ten East)
3:30 p.m. ET, December 12, 2020--ESPN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,579*** / University Park, PA)
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.
It’s like MSU is the bizarro Penn State in many ways, where they aren’t giving up yards but are giving up scores. That’s another way of saying that their scoring defense seems uncharacteristic compared to their total defense - but I guess that’s what happens when you turn the ball over a lot in your own territory.
Something else that’s unsurprising is the MSU redzone offense numbers - it’s not surprising they’ve scored 100% of the time, that is, when you see that they’ve only been in the redzone nine times all season (that’s less than two times per game). Compare that to the 28 times that Penn State’s been in the redzone, and we’ve scored three more touchdowns in our redzone trips than they’ve scored in redzone attempts all season. Woof.
Lastly, it’s miraculous what two great kickoff return defensive stops can do - last week, we were in the bottom 15 of all NCAA schools in kickoff return defense. After our special teams’ strong showing last week, we’re back in the top 15. And I LOL, because that’s so 2020.