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.