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Just the Stats: No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State

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aka, what a bad game (and a half) will do to your numbers.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (5-2; 2-2 Big Ten East) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1; 4-0 Big Ten East)

7:30 p.m. ET, October 30, 2021 - ABC

Ohio Stadium (Capacity: 104,944 / Columbus, OH)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 118.9 (100) 119.4 (28) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 253.6 (47) 230.9 (T - 73) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 135.54 (79) 122.15 (36) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 372.4 (86) 350.3 (48) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 26.9 (T - 79) 18.57 (18) Scoring Defense (ppg)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 146.4 (62) 207.6 (25) Rushing Offense (ypg)
Passing Defense (ypg) 178.0 (T - 15) 352.1 (7) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 97.04 (3) 188.32 (3) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 324.4 (26) 559.7 (1) Total Offense (ypg)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 14.71 (6) 49.3 (1) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 2.86 (18) 5.31 (97) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 6.64 (T - 82) 5.50 (T - 44) Punt Return Defense (ypr)
Net Punting Yds 46.22 (3) 42.25 (24) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 16.86 (115) 16.24 (12) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 0.00 (1) 29.69 (7) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +.86 (T - 19) +.86 (T - 19) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 7 (T - 86) 9 (T - 14) Passes Intercepted
Passes Intercepted 9 (T - 14) 4 (T - 29) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 54.71 (T - 61) 62.86 (93) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 2.14 (T - 70) 1.29 (T - 19) Sacks Allowed
Sacks Allowed 1.86 (T - 48) 3.57(8) Sacks
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 6.00 (T - 31) 2.14 (4) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.14 (T - 108) 5.9 (T - 34) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 87.5% (T - 48) 81.0% (T - 57) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 65.2% (T - 7) 96.6% (T - 6) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 50.00% 66.67% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 30.43% 79.31% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 33.0% (115) 40.4% (82) 3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 36.7% (47) 57.7% (3) 3rd Down Conv. %
4th Down Conv. % 41.7% (T - 101) 46.2% (T - 46) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 60.0% (T - 87) 44.4% (94) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 137 (T - 99) 143 (T - 50) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 144 (T - 54) 184 (16) 1st Downs
Time of Possession 27 (114) 27 (115) Time of Possession Push
Strength of Schedule 19 16 Strength of Schedule Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

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Note:

All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is taken from Team Rankings.com.

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:

Three weeks ago, we all felt very different about this season. Today, I’m honestly not surprised at the lack of chipmunks on this post and, in some ways, I expected this to be worse.

As we all know, Ohio State sometimes needs an early season loss to get its ish together, and they’ve really put it together (especially on offense) since the Ducks came to town and won. Penn State, on the other hand, looks broken (and not just Clifford) - last week, the team just looked off (bad, off) all day. And while I’m not as down on the defense as some are (ultimately, the job of the defense is preventing the opposing team from scoring points - and they did just that, in 7 of the 9 overtimes), the tumble from this post a few weeks ago is pretty stark.

What say you all?