By the Numbers: PSU "O" vs. Michigan "D"

The Penn State offense is -- we're not Nit-picking or Lioning -- frightening. First the stats ... and then "What does it all mean?"

PENN STATE OVERALL:

Penn State (7-0,3-0)
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Aug 30 COASTAL CAROLINA....... 66-10 W
Sep 06 OREGON STATE........... 45-14 W
Sep 13 at Syracuse............ 55-13 W
Sep 20 TEMPLE................. 45-3 W
Sep 27 *ILLINOIS............... 38-24 W
Oct 04 *at Purdue.............. 20-6 W
Oct 11 *at Wisconsin........... 48-7 W

PSU's Average score: 45.3 (tops in the league) to 11 (2nd in the league)
Michigan is 9th in the league in scoring defense, giving up 24.8 per game.

PSU leads the league in total offense, averaging 482.1 yards per game (PSU also leads the league in total defense BTW ... stay tuned).
U-M is 6th in the league in total defense, giving up 344.2 yards per game.

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PSU RUSHING OFFENSE vs U-M RUSHING DEFENSE:

PSU Rushing: 235.1 yards per game (5.7 yards per carry), 1st in the B-10.
Michigan Rushing defense: 104.5 yards per game (2.8 yards per carry), 3rd in the Big 10.

PSU running back Evan Royster is averaging 102.7 yards per game and 7.3 yards per carry, 3rd in the league.

For Michigan, Obi Ezeh leads in tackles, averaging 9.3 per game, 3rd best in the B-10. Brandon Harrison is 13th best in the conference with 6.8 per game.

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PSU PASSING OFFENSE vs U-M PASSING DEFENSE:

PSU Passing: 247.028.8 yards per game, 3rd in the Big Ten. And PSU leads the league in pass efficiency.
Michigan Passing defense: 10th in the B-10, giving up 241.7 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, U-M is 8th in the conference.

Daryll Clark is 5th in the league in passing, averaging 194.3 yards per game (64.4%).

PSU receiver Jordan Norwood is averaging 62.8 receiving yards per game, 6th in the Big Ten.

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MISC.

PSU leads the league in first downs.
Michigan is 1st in the league in first downs allowed.

PSU is 3rd in the league in sacks allowed, allowing 6.
Michigan is 5thd in the league in sacking the QB, with 14.

PSU leads the league in 3rd down conversions, 52.3%.
Michigan is 3rd in the league in 6th down defense, allowing a 35.3% conversion rate.

PSU leads the league in Red Zone offense, scoring 92.3% of the time.
Michigan is 3rd in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing a 68.2% scoring rate.

PSU is 3rd the league in turnover margin, at +1.14 per game.
U-M is last in the league in turnover margin, at -1.33 per game.

Zoltan Mesko leads the league in punting, averaging 45.2 yards per punt.

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*What does this all say?*
PSU leads the league in most categories - 6 in all. The scariest stat -- the 45.3 scoring average. If PSU gets even to 30 on Saturday ... there'll be no Nit-picking the result.

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