Published Friday, November 22, 2013 AT 10:06 AM / Updated at 10:08 AM
Too close to call in Pennsylvania
Doug Thomas Omaha World-Herald

Two sets of numbers suggest that Saturday’s Nebraska-Penn State football game is a tossup.

Total offense: NU 440.6 yards a game, Penn State 434.6.

Total defense: NU 373.5, Penn State 375.7.

“Statistic-wise, it’s almost even,” NU administrator Jeff Jamrog said Friday in Omaha.

But another stat might explain why oddsmakers have installed Penn State as a two-point favorite in the 2:30 p.m. CST game at State College, Pa.: The Nittany Lions are 5-1 at home this season, with their only loss a 34-31 setback to Central Florida — a team that is 8-1 and, in Jamrog’s view, a strong candidate for a BCS bowl game.

“They play really well at home,” Jamrog said.

We’ll have more later on Jamrog’s comments at Friday’s Big Red Breakfast.

About Doug Thomas

Doug Thomas edits and writes stories for the Omaha World-Herald. He has worked at the newspaper since 1986 and filled roles such as Husker football writer, health and fitness writer and assistant sports editor. You can reach Doug at 402-444-1058 or