The Nittany Lions should be a preseason top 10 team.
Few teams were playing better than Penn State at the end of the 2016 college football season.
The Nittany Lions finished the regular season on a nine-game winning streak, including a victory in the Big Ten Championship Game, before losing a heartbreaking classic to USC in the Rose Bowl.
Can James Franklin’s team be better this season than they were in 2016?
ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich thinks so.
“They will (be better),” Matich said on ESPN. “Almost everybody is back. But it’s not that they’ve got so many guys back that matters. It’s how those guys fit into the puzzle. Trace McSorley at quarterback led the nation in yards per completion, and that wasn’t short passes that were catch and run. That was throwing the ball deep down the field. Saquon Barkley at running back is the most-explosive deep threat at that position in all of college football…It really is poison (on offense).”
Penn State opens its season on Sept. 2 against Akron.