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Comparing Penn State and Central Michigan

Penn State returns home to Beaver Stadium this weekend for a showdown with Central Michigan. The Nittany Lions are a big favorite against its second MAC opponent of the season, and the crowd should be electric after witnessing the Nittany Lions beat Auburn to a pulp last week down south. Penn State has climbed the national rankings and the national perspective is shifting in a much more positive light for Penn State as a result.

But that doesn’t mean this is a week to let the foot off the gas pedal. Here’s how Penn State measures up against its opponent this week as the Nittany Lions look to improve to 4-0 before jumping right back into Big Ten play for the remainder of the season next week.

For statistical purposes, we are referencing stats as provided by CFBStats.com.

Sean Clifford vs. Daniel Richardson

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Let’s start with a look at this week’s starting quarterback comparison.

Clifford

vs

Richardson

6-2

Height

5-10

219

Weight

204

Senior+

Class

Sophomore

53

Completions

73

83

Attempts

128

63.9

Comp. %

57.0

673

Yards

889

8.1

YPA

6.9

5-1

TD-INT

7-2

Edge: Sean Clifford

Don’t let the passing yardage totals fool you too much. Sena Clifford essentially got most of the second half off in a game against Ohio and the running game powered its way to a victory last week at Auburn, so Clifford’s passing total has a little bit of catching up to do. But Penn State is more worried about just having Clifford be efficient with his passing decisions, and so far he has done that. With the exception of one bad decision in the season opener at Purdue, Clifford has been solid not just with his passing but also with his gritty running opportunities.

And with the assortment of weapons at his disposal, Clifford could have one of his best years.

Nick Singleton vs. Lew Nichols III

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