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From Adam Rittenberg:
1. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
7. Penn State: Bill O'Brien had a lot to do with Penn State's success in 2012, but so did a senior class featuring several NFL players on defense who certainly will be missed. O'Brien's next challenge is developing a capable quarterback, whether it's Steven Bench, junior college arrival Tyler Ferguson or, just maybe, heralded incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg. Penn State could feel the sting of the sanctions more from a depth standpoint in 2013, but O'Brien's Lions have defied the odds so far.
Lol at Wisconsin at 3. That has to be a joke.
Another idiot who has no idea what they're talking about.
We will go into this year with at least as many scholarship players as last year, if not more.
“We’re doing things we couldn’t imagine,” says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. “But we’re doing them together.”
I'm sure orthwestern will be good and they had a fine year in 2012 but #2...Ill believe that when i see it.
NW is pretty damn high. Do they have that much coming back? So he's picking NW to be the Big Ten "West" rep?
Hey, whatever. Would rather our preseason ranking be too low than too high.
Saw a way too early top 20 that had them like 12...
Wisconsin is at 4, but I actually think that is a decent place for them. I read somewhere that they loose the fewest starters in FBS next season.
I think Northwestern at 2 is the biggest joke with this list. There schedule is too tough to be that high. I feel like they will have at least 3 losses in BIG play.
I would def. drop MSU and Wisky below PSU. MSU is losing some key Jr. contributors to the NFL draft and Wisky has to install a spread style offense with no QB that can really run that style of offense.
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BOB has to develop a QB. Yep, he hasn't done that before. 1 for 1 and counting.
My concern will be on the defensive side of the ball. LB, DB, and some level the front guys. I would put us up a tick or two but not top 3-4 at this point. New QB is the big unknown, but you gotta believe that OB can develop a solid QB after what he did with McGloin over the spring/summer. I think the OL will be solid, RB solid, WR & TE's solid. We'll put up some points, but concerned on the defensive side and we'll see if special teams improve at minimum the level the finished the season.
We'll see. I honestly don't know how we'll do. Could fall completely on our faces with a new QB and a lot of lost start on D, or could surprise again.
I'm leaning towards another 8-4 type year, mostly because of how bad our OCC schedule and how down the Big Ten is.
Um, who's whiskey got at QB?
Not feeling Nebraska, Michigan State or Michigan doing any better next year than they did this year. Wisconsin is a major question mark despite not losing too much absent Ball and Frederick.
A month or so ago I didn't want to talk about PSU in 2013 because we had no idea who was coming back. With BOB reaffirming his commitment to PSU, I'm excited so I'm going to go against that and assume many players will return.
Positives: We'll have a more talented QB, someone more mobile with a stronger arm. Add Akeel Lynch too the backfield for speed. Add more receiving talent in Eugene Lewis and Malik Golden (personally, I think adding a dependable slot receiver would help this offense a lot). Add Brent Wilkerson to the TE group and nobody leaves from there. Experienced defensive backfield, as well as some good experience and talent at DE returning. Glenn Carson returning as a defensive leader in the middle. OL returns majority of starters. Returning some key guys in Kyle Carter, Allen Robinson, Zwinak, Amos, Barnes, and others. Bill O'Brien hopefully improving, adjusting during offseason.
Negatives: Losing leadership and talented seniors. Losing a QB who knows the playbook very well. Losing a center with experience. Losing an OT, position where we're very thin. Losing Jordan Hill, best DL player. Losing depth and talent at LB. Losing Stephon Morris, a very good CB.
We do lose a lot. We'll miss guys like Hodges, Mauti, McGloin, Stank, etc. Defense will be hit the hardest. I do think offense will be able to win us games, though, if the defense can be good enough.
I have a feeling we'll end up around 3rd or 4th in the power rankings. JMO, and hard to say for sure with new coaches at Wisconsin and Purdue.
Stave, recovering from injury. Phillips is expected to get a 6th year of eligibility. Also have a RS freshman (Bart someone) who was a 4* recruit out of Cali - he had shoulder surgery, so couldn't compete for the job.
Oh, and Danny O'Brien.
I am not to worried about the new QB situation. If Bench wins the starting position he will have been in O'Brian's offence at the start of next season longer then MM did at the start of this year, if TF is named the starter he will have the same amount of time as MM did last year. We would have been more explosive last year if we had a deep threat. We had the reeivers but MM (as improved as he was) was still unable to hit anyone deep. From what I have seen,both Bench and TF are more moble and have a better deep ball which should open things up even more.
Technically, the playbook was new for everyone when OB came in. Which means that Bench will have over a year more experience with it in '13 than McGloin did in '12. Even Ferguson will be on equal footing as McGloin was last year.
I don't see this as true. McGloin supposedly had a very easy class schedule last spring and spent a ton of time getting to know the playbook. I absolutely give him credit for all the work he put into it, and I don't even know if it's possible (with classes) for our other QB's to put in as much time. Jeff has made the point several times that McGloin worked particularly hard at familiarizing himself with the playbook.
We heard this story in August. We are losing a Heisman trophey running back, our star wide reciever an eilite line backer, our starting kicker. They said our QB was the worst in the big 10 with nobody to block for him. Let's revisit this mid October and see how this plays out. I bet $1.00 next years team has as good or a better record than this years team. New leaders will step up, this is PSU. Not saying we will go undefeated. Oh yeah, did I mention we had no secondary and what we did have was extremely thin and depth was going to kill us.
Going out on a limb there with that $1 bet?
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I think we go 9-3, maybe one better or one worse, but I'm not as concerned about the defense as others. Hull, Carson, Wartman/Kline should be solid starters. DE looks like a strength. DT is the big question mark, but in LJ we trust. The secondary doesn't look any worse and they might actually be able to play nickel this year. The offense has some talent returning. The Oline looks good except RT, can a tackle besides Smith please show up? PSU should be able to run the ball effectively as long as the pass game isn't a complete bust. Plenty of talent at TE and WR, with a few young pass catchers getting thrown into an already good group. QB is the big deciding factor, but we saw BOB and Fisher turn McGloin into a decent player. I figure he can do the same with one of the young quarterbacks.
Based on the above, I'd put Penn State somewhere between 3rd and 5th in the preseason rankings.
2013 is a glass half-full, half-empty type of scenario.
On one hand, last year we had the fewest returning starters going into the season. We lost our top WR (Moye), top TE (Sczerba), our entire secondary, four starters on the o-line, and three starters on the d-line (including 2011 B1G DPOY Devon Still). Devon Smith and Curtis Drake were then dismissed, and Brown, Fera, Redd, Fortt, and Haplea then transferred. On top of that, we had a new coaching staff and new system. The fact that we overcame all these challenges and still went 8-4 bodes well for next season, where we have far more returning starters and a year of experience under BOB.
On the other hand, we lose basically a three-year starter at QB, and there is no subsitute for experience at QB in college football. And due to some lean recruiting years in 2010-2012, we are not loaded with talent in the wings to replace Hodges, Mauti, and Hill.
new coaching staff has a bigger affect than returning starters, IMO.. one can argue that we lost our first two games bc the team was adjusting to new schemes.. in addition, wisconsin offense was built as a power run team and i believe the new coach has more of a spread scheme, i'm sure that will have a big impact..
This post was edited by BaltLions24 15 months ago
Here we go...pick em
Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse (at New Meadowlands Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.)
Sept. 7 - EASTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 14 - VIRGINIA
Sept. 21 - KENT STATE
Oct. 5 at Indiana
Oct. 12 - MICHIGAN
Oct. 26 at Ohio State
Nov. 2 - ILLINOIS
Nov. 9 at Minnesota
Nov. 16 - PURDUE
Nov. 23 - NEBRASKA
Nov. 30 at Wisconsin
Just looking at B10 (my guess w/ my blue glasses on)
4-0 coming into B10 play
@ Indiana - W
Michigan - WIll be tough but we have them at home......W
@ Ohio St - L
Illinois - W
@ Minnesota - W
Purdue - W
Nebraska - Payback W
@Wisconsin - L
Worse case 4-4 in B10 but I believe we will win 2 of those 4 key games. Even 5-3 in B10 doesn't put PSU at #7.
Feel free to throw rocks!
I do believe USC was ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls & power rankings... these mean nothing
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