1. College Football News Preview 2020: Penn State Nittany Lions Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
CFN in 60 Video: Penn State Nittany Lions Preview
Three 11-win seasons in the last four years, three New Year’s Six bowl appearances in the last four years, a 2016 Big Ten Championship, and a whole lot of USC fans feeling ticked off that they don’t have a new coach with that resumé.
Can we please put James Franklin in the elite head coach category?
Penn State fans want national titles, and yearly runs to the Big Ten championship, and all the things that go along with being a superpower program, but not everyone can be Ohio State, Alabama or Clemson.
That’s not to say that Penn State shouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than a championship – it’s right there with Wisconsin as the best programs in the College Football Playoff era to not get in – but put into perspective what Franklin has been able to do.
Remember, when he took over six years ago, the program was in the midst of an all-time disaster, wasn’t allowed to go bowling, and was dealing with real NCAA death penalty-level discussions.
Again, three 11-win seasons in four years. Penn State last did that from 1968 through 1971, and Franklin is dealing with a much, much tougher schedule than Joe Paterno faced back then.
This year’s team has the potential to make it four 11-win seasons in five for the first time in the program’s history.
There might not be a slew of Saquon Barkley brand-name superstars, but it’s a rock-solid team across the board.
Set The Penn State Nittany Lions Regular Season Win Total At … 9.5
The schedule isn’t all that horrible considering there’s no Wisconsin or Minnesota, and the Ohio State game is at home.
Going to Virginia Tech and Michigan will be tough, and back-to-back games against Indiana and Nebraska will be difficult, but the Nittany Lions will be favorites in at least ten games.
Set the line at 9.5, but this year’s team is good enough to do a whole lot more. If it can beat Ohio State, a spot in the Big Ten Championship is right there for the taking.
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