Penn State Nittany Lions Season Prediction, What Will Happen
Good teams win the close games. Great ones don’t let games get close.
All fortune cookie football wisdom aside, Penn State didn’t get rolled by anyone last year, and it had a whole lot of chances to put up a great season, but it couldn’t seem to catch any sort of a break over the back half of the season.
Whether it was Sean Clifford being hurt against Iowa, or being sucked into the vortex of miserable that was the Illinois game, or tough three point loss to Michigan State or the fought the good fight 21-17 loss to Michigan, the team was in every game.
The Ohio State loss was a one-score game late, and Arkansas pulled away, but there’s 7-6, and there’s 7-6 that could’ve been a whole lot better.
The recruiting class is great, there’s a good base of talent to work around, and now the lines need to up their respective games to make this more like a ten-win season than a fight just to get to a decent bowl.
Set The Penn State Nittany Lions Regular Season Win Total At … 8
The problem will be all the sneaky-tough road games before the huge-break easy ones kick in.
Going to Purdue and Auburn in the first three weeks will push this year’s team hard, and going to Michigan is obviously going to be a fight.
On the plus side, the only two road games over the second half of the season are at Indiana and Rutgers, and Ohio State, Michigan State, and Minnesota are all at home.
Of course, Penn State is supposed to be the team that wins all those home games against Ohio State, Michigan, and Minnesota, and going to Purdue and Auburn shouldn’t be anything to sweat over if everything is rolling.
Penn State will be better, but there will be just enough tough losses to keep this from being quite what everyone is looking for.