Here’s how the Cornhuskers and Spartans match up statistically entering their Nov. 4 game in East Lansing. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 63.7, Michigan State 81.2.

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2-6 (0-5)

Rushing offense190.125108.0113
Passing offense132.2127214.186
Pass efficiency114.54115114.24116
Total offense322.4110322.1111
Scoring offense20.211318.0125
Rushing defense79.05126.142
Pass defense219.858234.074
Pass eff. defense116.6722143.0099
Total defense298.813360.153
Scoring defense18.62127.882
Net punting39.186839.8260
Punt returns2.501208.2068
Kickoff returns23.232918.0792
Turnover margin-1.12126-0.88121
Tackles for loss6.6285.670
Sacks allowed2.12711.6239
Third-down conversion0.384810.35598
Third-down defense0.364480.31720
Fourth-down conversion0.444830.40096
Fourth-down defense0.375260.667112
Red zone offense0.6361300.86457
Red zone defense0.870880.75825
First downs offense13212115095
First downs defense1362116481
Fewest penalties5.88597.62120
Fewest penalty yards49.885867.75120
Time of possession31:054128:08107
Power index*1.161-2.677
Efficiency: Offense*29.110929.1107
Efficiency: Defense*78.11351.962
Efficiency: Spec. Teams*57.44053.559
Efficiency: Overall*58.05238.295
Schedule strength*69692828
*ESPN FPI analytics. Schedule strength does not include future opponents.
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