Says Yahoo Sports:

Entering Franklin’s sixth season, Penn State is in an interesting spot. The Nittany Lions dug out from the ashes of NCAA scholarship reductions and broke through with a Big Ten title in 2016, Franklin’s third season. A second straight 11-win campaign — featuring two losses by a combined four points — followed before a drop off to 9-4 last fall.

Along with QB Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley is gone. And so are 10 other NFL draft choices from the past two seasons.

Entering 2019, the question is if Franklin has built the program to a point where it reloads rather than needing a season to rebuild.

When you play in the Big Ten East, that is sort of a loaded question, too. PSU’s nine wins last fall were only good enough for third place in the division. That’s what happens when you contend with Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State on a yearly basis.

But there are certainly reasons for optimism in 2019.

He knows he’s got a young team, but Franklin said this is the fastest he’s had in his nine years as a head coach. Franklin and his staff have recruited at a really high level.

Will the inexperience prove to be costly against the Buckeyes and Wolverines, or will a roster stocked with unfamiliar faces — most of whom were high-level recruits — make a surprising run to the Big Ten title like the 2016 team did?