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Just the Stats: No. 4 Penn State vs Indiana

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The series is back - and what a difference a year makes!

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

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten East) vs Indiana Hoosiers (2-2; 0-1 Big Ten East)

7:30 p.m. ET, October 2, 2021--ABC

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Indiana Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 113.5 (111) 111.0 (T - 35) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 307.8 (18) 229.0 (73) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 171.96 (19) 123.64 (60) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 421.2 (T - 54) 340.0 (57) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 31.5 (T - 56) 29.25 (T - 93) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 122.2 (49) 135.5 (90) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 204.5 (48) 228.0 (T - 69) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 102.14 (12) 109.66 (114) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 326.8 (T - 47) 363.5 (92) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 15.0 (T - 12) 29.8 (T - 65) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 5.99 (T - 51) 14.88 (25) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 6.75 (T - 72) 8.83 (87) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 44.72 (6) 37.00 (T - 106) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 16.86 (102) 31.89 (123) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 0.00 (T - 1) 24.88 (25) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +1.25 (T - 12) -.50 (T - 96) Turnover Margin new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 28) 1 (T - 104) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 5 (T - 21) 6 (T - 118) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 51.50 (T - 53) 45.50 (T - 33) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 1.50 (T - 98) 1.75 (T - 47) Sacks Allowed
Sacks Allowed 2.00 (T - 63) 1.75 (T - 87) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 5.80 (T - 75) 5.75 (T - 68) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 8.00 (T - 114) 4.80 (T - 102) Tackles for Loss (tpg) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 92.3% (T - 31) 100.0% (T - 116) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 61.5% (10) 84.2% (T - 73) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 61.54% 71.43% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 38.46% 57.89% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 42.4% (41) 35.2% (34) 3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 36.2% (61) 44.8% (T - 44) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 40.0% (T - 96) 66.7% (T - 93) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 62.5% (T - 89) 75.0% (T - 20) 4th Down Conv. %
1st Downs 85 (T - 64) 75 (T - 61) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 88 (T - 97) 86 (T - 60) 1st Downs
Time of Possession 27 (107) 33 (13) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 18 17 Strength of Schedule Push

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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:

It’s about what you would expect having watched both teams so far this year. Indiana’s not had an easy path, with losses to two top ten teams in Iowa and Cincinnati; Penn State’s schedule’s been difficult as well, but their two top twenty five matchups have ended in wins, both home and away.

The Nittany Lions’ numbers may be a little deflated due to some garbage time scores in weeks two and four, but the defensive numbers (particularly the secondary) are better than we’ve seen in a few years out of the blue and white.

For special teams, the matchups seem more even than I would have expected, with both teams having punted 18 times on the season (and PSU returning 7 kickoffs to IU’s 8). It’s the redzone opportunities for the offenses that will tell the story - Penn State’s offense has only visited the red zone 13 times, with a lot of the scoring (particularly last week’s) coming from plays that started outside the redzone.

What say you all?