The era of Trace McSorley is over at Penn State, but the prestigious program looks to remain competitive this upcoming season with Sean Clifford under center. He’s currently expected to be the starting quarterback for James Franklin’s offense.
Although Penn State has a challenging schedule ahead, it should be one of the better teams in the Big Ten. Replacing McSorley and Miles Sanders won’t be easy, yet the roster is still loaded with potential on both sides of the football.
When the preseason Coaches’ Poll came out earlier this month, it had Penn State as the No. 14 team in the country.
Another strong season could be on the horizon for the Nittany Lions. And yet, it’s possible that the program takes a step back from last year.
Brad Crawford of 247Sports provided his worst case scenarios for each team in the Big Ten.
With uncertainty at the quarterback position for Penn State, the worst case scenario would be an underwhelming 6-6 record.
Worst-case scenario: (6-6, 4-5) — What happens if Penn State’s new starter at quarterback struggles during the first month of the season? Are the Nittany Lions in danger of losing to Pitt or Maryland? The good news is Penn State’s Big Ten opener comes after an open week, early in the season, sure, but crucial nonetheless. There would be unrest among the fanbase if this disaster scenario came to fruition, a devastating 6-6 finish that would likely include setbacks vs. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Iowa in conference play.
Penn State has a favorable matchup against Idaho to start the season.
The Nittany Lions need to take care of business with their non-conference schedule before they face a series of tough road games in the Big Ten.