This is Penn State’s biggest weakness according to one ESPN expert.
Penn State was one of the best programs in the country last year, to the surprise of many. Since James Franklin’s arrival, The Nittany Lions have become a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten.
However, even a good team like Penn State has weaknesses.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett had this to say:
Penn State: Third-down conversions. There's not much to complain about from the 2016 Nittany Lions' season, though third downs were strangely troubling for much of the year. Penn State converted just 32.6 percent of its third downs last year and was just 7-of-20 on third downs against Wisconsin and USC. With Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley back, there's no good reason for that to continue in 2017.
We’ll have to wait and see if Penn State can replicate the success it saw during the 2016 season.