|NCAA Stats Comparison|
|Passes Had Intercepted||60||6|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||4||33|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||30||113|
|Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game||33||114|
|Punt Return Yardage Defense||63||55|
|Kickoff Return Yardage Defense||54||113|
|Offense Third-down Efficiency||77||50|
|Offense Fourth-down Efficiency||5||22|
|Defense Third-down Efficiency||35||49|
|Defense Fourth-down Efficiency||100||71|
|Tackles for Loss||22||44|
|Offense Tackles for Loss||8||99|
|Pass Sacks Allowed||19||100|
|Time of Possession||39||51|
|First Downs Allowed||7||67|
|Red Zone Efficiency||95||37|
|Red Zone Efficiency - Defense||119||106|
|Average NCAA Rank:||50.14||57.41|
|Weighted Avg. Rank:||48.58||43.17|
The stats this week show an interesting reversal. When you just look at the straight up average NCAA rank (add each rank for each category and then divide by the number of categories) Penn State ranks better than Purdue. But when you look at the weighted ranking (i.e. give more weight to categories like total offense, total defense, and less emphasis on first downs allowed or yards penalized per game) and Purdue actually appears to have the edge.
Our ranking is inflated by the uniformly bad numbers on the offensive side of the ball. Purdue is simply an average team--neither offense or defense is outstanding. The Boilers are good at net punting (6th), passes had intercepted (6th) and turnovers lost (5th.) They are ranked 11th in the country in fumbles lost, and after that, most of their rankings are above 25.
On the other side of the ball, Penn State is ranked in the top 25 (if not the top 10) in practically every defensive category except for red zone defense. Fortunately for us, Purdue is almost as bad in red zone defense, so maybe we have a chance of scoring some TDs this week.