“Having finished off an undermanned Richmond squad, the Hoos look to continue their success against a Big Ten opponent. Penn State is also undermanned, the result of NCAA sanctions limiting the team to just 65 scholarships a year for the next 4 years.
While Penn State lost just a handful of established players due to the sanctions, their depth was severely hampered. This became clear last week, when the Nittany Lions lost at home to Ohio in a game that they led 14-3 at halftime. These issues are exacerbated by the new coaching staff and new systems that the players have to learn. As the season goes on, these problems will begin to rectify themselves as the players become accustomed to the new schemes and the younger players get up to speed.
All of that is a very long-winded way of saying that I’m happy to be playing Penn State early this season, because I expect them to get better as the season goes on.
Of course, I also expect the Hoos to get better as the season goes on. Nine true freshmen played last week, and while some of them played only a few snaps on special teams, others are expected to be contributors this season. Guys like Eli Harold and Maurice Canady are only going to get better as the season progresses.
So, the Hoos are 1-0 and the Nittany Lions are 0-1. The Hoos are at home, and are favored by 10 points. Should we be confident in a win?”
For more, see Tiki‘s predictions on Virginia’s Offense, Virginia’s Defense and Conclusion of the Penn State Game!
-Source: Streaking the Lawn