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Colin Cowherd: Penn State Is "On The Rise"

The Nittany Lions are a program surging upward, according to the Fox Sports host.

Penn State was one of college football's biggest surprises in 2016, rebounding from a 2-2 start to win nine straight games. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Championship Game and appeared in the Rose Bowl, losing a classic to USC.

Heading into the 2017 season, PSU is a team that's expected to contend for a conference title and College Football Playoff berth.

On Monday, Fox Sports 1's Colin Cowherd and Bruce Feldman both agreed - Penn State is a program "on the rise."

Penn State returns much of its talent from the 2016 team that ended the season so strongly, including quarterback Trace McSorley and star running back Saquon Barkley.

The Nittany Lions open their 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 against Akron. PSU is expected to start the year ranked inside the top 10 and contend atop the Big Ten with Ohio State.