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I know the Bleacher Report isn't journalism at its best, but - hey - it's a reason to discuss this season!
To summarize for those short on time:
Penn State wins against Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, UCF, Kent State, Indiana (at which point we'd be 5-0), Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconson
And we lose to Michigan (our first loss), Ohio State, Nebraska
So 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big10
Not too bad of a view in my opinion. I think Michigan and Nebraska are both winnable....but we'll likely lose one of those games for sure.... and we may lose a close one amongst the teams that they predicted a win.
I believe in 9-3, with a 10-2 possibility...
Take it for what it's worth! Very early to predict, but a fun discussion nonetheless It will all depend on Steven Bench imo.
While its 2013 season...
Not gonna waste my time reading B/R but I love the convo at least. Think we go anywhere from 6-9 wins, all depending on the qb play.
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yep...I think I'll get alot better feel for how our season will unfold after spring ball and we see what Bench/Ferguson can bring to the table. I'll say this, under the previous regime, I would be pessimistic on our upcoming season and be predicting around 6 wins. Under BOB and co. I'm leaning more to the optimistic side and 8 wins. Pretty much all because of BOB's work he did with McGloin last year and my trust in him developing our QB's.
There's a lot more unknowns than I'd like, but this is CFB - you lose guys every year. So it is what it is.
Given that uncertainty, I agree with ejb - between 6 and 9 games. I feel like we should win 3-4 games in the OOC schedule, and hopefully we can pull an upset or two in the Big Ten.
1-10 wins is what I say
@meyer 4 prez I'm glad Bill K and Alex G keeps it real with us, instead of getting our hopes up.
In 2012 we returned only 5 guys who started at least half the season (Carson, Hill, Hodges, Stank, Stanley)
In 2013 we return 13 guys who started at least half the season and both specialists (Amos, Barnes, Carson, Dieffenbach, Gilliam, James, Jones, Mosebey-Felder, SOA, ARob, Smith, Urschel, Willis)
I know qb is a glaring hole, but no one knew what we were going to see out of McGloin last year and I think we can all agree that all three of our scholarship qb's are more talented than Mcgloin. And also missing from that list of starters is guys like ZZ, Hull, Carter, and Belton who played a ton last year and all shined at one point or another..
I think this team should at a minimum win 8 games.. Another year in the strength program and another year with the playbook should make the team more competative early in the season where we let 2 slip away last year...
What worries me (and this is simply just the way it is in CFB) is that we are losing our three best players on the team (Hill, Mauti and Hodges) along with the leadership that held the team together (Zordich, Mauti and Morris). I really want to see who emerges as leaders this year. I'm hoping that Carson does along with Robinson and one of the QBs. One good thing though is that I am sure our coaches won't let these kids get lazy/soft. No way in hell that happens.
I think 6-8 wins is about what we can expect. A lot of it will depend on how the QB situation shakes out. If Bench or Ferguson, both far more physically gifted than McGloin, can get a solid grasp of the offense early on I like our chances to be around 8. Bottom line is that we're going to have to be able to win shootouts in a lot of games. The defense is really going to take a hit losing so many key contributors and the secondary still a giant question mark. The lack of depth at linebacker is frightening. We're going to be relying on the front four to really carry the defense, and it's not as though that unit wasn't hit hard be attrition.
Can't seeing us winning less than 4 games, myself.
Early guess has us nearly the same as last year. I'll ballpark 7-8 wins at the moment.
I'm not as concerned about QB as I am about our front seven. Replacing Hill, Mauti and Hodges won't be easy.
F the NCAA
F the BOT
I know some see me as a homer, but I think this year's team is better than last year's and will win 9 games.
Last year, the first two losses are a product of being caught in a shit storm with no umbrella. Once they figured stuff out (both coaches and players), they win those two easily. Nebraska "loss" was a joke, and OSU was much closer than people think (OSU should have had 0 at half and PSU got hosed throughout that game)
With that being said, we return 16 starters, 38 that lettered on a good team that started from the ground up in a conference that is still down. We are concerned with QB. We were just as concerned last year, were we not? We lose leadership on defense but have raw talent. Team loves Butler. But the reason we have a great year is because of what Amos and Robinson said recently - We are bigger and faster now than we were last year (have you seen these guys lately). We know the plays, know what to expect and we know the system. This applies to the coaches as well. Everyone talks about so many questions. Didn't we have way more questions last year at this time? This staff found the answers each and every time. Why would that change?
How is the secondary a "giant" question mark? We return 3 starters and a fourth (Davis) got a lot of action last year. Depth is a question mark but not the starters, IMO..
You make a great point about LB depth, they are scary thin there. We lose 1 or 2 guys and that group will be a huge drop off from last year's group.. Bell and Issah better be ready to go bc they will be forced into action at some point this season..
Returning starters doesn't equate to being solid at the position(s). We know what we have in Amos, whether he's at corner or safety. No doubt there. Willis and SOA are adequate. The depth behind them ranges from complete inexperience to mediocrity. Davis has a lot of potential and showed flashes last year. "Giant" may have been an overstatement, it's definitely in better shape than it was last year, but I'm far from feeling confident in that area.
I was just being a smartass. To early to predict anything till a QB takes the field in my eyes
Just being a smartass. I think it is to early to predict wins till we have a QB. JMO
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