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

The Michigan offense versus the Penn State defense. One team is first in the Big Ten in almost all categories ... the other team, last.

MICHIGAN OFFENSE vs PSU DEFENSE - OVERALL:

Penn State is 2nd in the league in scoring defense, giving up 11.0 points per game.
Michigan in scoring Offense ... ah, you don't want to know*.

PSU leads league in total defense, giving up 259.3 yards per game.
U-M in total Offense ... ah, you don't want to know*.

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MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE vs PSU PASSING DEFENSE:

PSU Passing defense: 2nd in the B-10, giving up 169.4 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, PSU is first in the league.

U-M Passing Offense: U-M is NOT last, but 10th (yea!), averaging 160.8 yards per game. In pass efficiency ... ah, you don't want to know*.

Steven Threet in passing, and in pass efficiency -- ah, you don't want to know*.

Martavious Odoms is 6th in the league in receptions (in 5 games, not 6), averaging 4.6 catches per game. Odoms is 10th in receiving yards per game, with 50.

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MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE vs PSU RUSHING DEFENSE:

PSU Rushing defense: 89.9 yards per game (2.7 yards per carry), tops in the Big 10.

U-M Rushing: U-M is NOT last, but 9th (yea!), averaging 130.7 yards per game (3.7 yards per carry).

Sam McGuffie is 9th in the league in rushing, averaging 70.7 yards per game (4.0 yards per carry).

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MISC.

PSU is 2nd best in the league in giving up first downs, allowing 10.1 per game.
U-M in making first downs ... ah, you don't wanna know*.

PSU is tops in the league in 3rd down defense, allowing a 27.6% conversion rate.
U-M in 3rd down conversions ... ah, you don't wanna know*.

PSU is merely 4th in the league in Red Zone defense (what's WRONG with them!), allowing a 72.7% scoring rate.
U-M in Red Zone offense ... ah, you don't wanna know*.

PSU leads the league in sacks, averaging 2. 7 per game.
U-M is 4th best in sacks given up, averaging 1.3 per game.

PSU DE Aaron Maybin, when he is eligible and not in trouble, is leading the league both in (1.14 per game) and tackles for loss (1.79 per game).

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*Note: "ah, you don't want to know" means - dead-last.

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? You tell us.

HEY, did we mention that Zoltan Mesko leads the league in punting, averaging 45.2 yards per kick?


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