Here’s how the Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers match up statistically entering their Nov. 5 game in Lincoln. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 86.8, Minnesota 42.1.
NEBRASKA

3-5 (2-3)

MINNESOTA

5-3 (2-3)

Stat Rank Stat Rank
Rushing offense 142.9 72 222.8 12
Passing offense 259.2 50 198.2 105
Pass efficiency 139.52 60 138.10 65
Total offense 402.1 66 421.0 50
Scoring offense 27.1 78 31.9 50
Rushing defense 190.1 115 106.2 16
Pass defense 268.5 110 168.1 6
Pass eff. defense 131.39 74 113.76 15
Total defense 458.6 120 274.4 7
Scoring defense 30.6 100 14.4 4
Net punting 39.02 56 37.65 83
Punt returns 16.50 8 5.86 92
Kickoff returns 18.06 102 25.18 9
Turnover margin -0.75 112 0.38 42
Tackles for loss 4.1 121 3.9 127
Sacks 1.43 115 1.25 120
Sacks allowed 2.69 98 0.88 7
Third-down conversion 0.422 47 0.598 1
Third-down defense 0.432 104 0.245 2
Fourth-down conversion 0.250 128 0.625 26
Fourth-down defense 0.700 117 0.688 113
Red zone offense 0.833 71 0.892 33
Red zone defense 0.871 95 0.929 124
First downs offense 167 73 189 37
First downs defense 192 112 118 9
Fewest penalties 6.38 71 4.38 10
Fewest penalty yards 51.88 53 37.50 10
Time of possession 27:05 119 35:17 3
Power index* -1.9 74 10.9 19
Efficiency: Offense* 42.8 84 67.9 29
Efficiency: Defense* 35.2 105 72.0 21
Efficiency: Spec. Teams* 55.5 51 39.7 106
Efficiency: Overall* 36.9 99 72.7 19
Schedule strength* 91 91 61 61
*ESPN FPI analytics. Schedule strength does not include future opponents.
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