Preview 2018: Penn State Nittany Lions. Give James Franklin His Due

Preview 2018: Penn State Nittany Lions. Give James Franklin His Due

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Preview 2018: Penn State Nittany Lions. Give James Franklin His Due

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Penn State Prediction: What’s Going To Happen

Get ready for Penn State to be a bit undervalued.

Sort of like when a team loses a superstar quarterback and then gets ranked lower the following season, the Nittany Lions will get knocked after losing a player as dynamic and amazing as Saquon Barkley.

But the running game will be every bit as strong – just not as explosive – and Trace McSorley will turn into even more into the quarterback who hits every third down and key pass – and everyone can’t stand to face.

There are too many new starters on defense, and there won’t be enough consistency from the offensive line to win the Big Ten title, but the star freshmen will take over early on, the production will be there to at least be in the hunt, and it’ll be another terrific season as James Franklin continues to show why he’s one of the best coaches in college football.

Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 9

With almost all of the key games at home, this will be an interesting call on just how quickly the Nittany Lions can reload.

Can they avoid getting tagged on the road by a feisty Illinois, Pitt, Indiana or Rutgers? Yeah, but they also have to go do Michigan, and they have to deal with Wisconsin from the West.

With Ohio State and Michigan coming to Happy Valley – along with the Badgers – take care of the home games, and it’s off to the Big Ten championship. But like last season, there will be a shootout loss along the way to one good team, and they won’t win two out of the three against the Buckeyes, Spartans and Wolverines.

10-2 is possible, but with a lesser team than the 2017 version, figure on two losses in the four biggest games and a slip somewhere along the way to an upstart team.

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