This week’s Match of the Week is between #1 Minnesota and #15 Penn State. Each team has 12 wins so far and are coming into this match with double digit win streaks. Minnesota has performed well against ranked opponents this season, posting a 4-1 record against the AVCA’s top 25. Penn State on the other hand, is only 2-3. Here is the break down of this matchup in our VolleyMetrics Rating Index:


A visual comparison of each teams’ skills can be seen from the diagram on the right. From our ratings and visual alone, Penn State seems like the better team. They have higher attacking and passing scores, and their overall score is also slightly higher than Minnesota’s. With home court advantage and our ratings, we predict Penn State to upset the nation’s number one team, with a predictive winning percentage of 65.09% to 34.91%. Minnesota hopes to prevent the upset as the Gophers travel to University Park this Wednesday.


Other Important Matches:

#16 Florida State @ #9 North Carolina, October 7th
#19 Colorado @ #7 Stanford, October 7th
#8 Washington @ #20 Oregon, October 7th
#14 Ohio State @ #21 Michigan State, October 7th
#17 Purdue @ #3 Nebraska, October 9th
#10 Washington State @ #20 Oregon, October 9th



Corley Bagley

Corley Bagley

Director of Analytics


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