Says USA Today:

7.  Penn State (11-2) Points: 1,199. Previous ranking: 9.

Outlook: The Nittany Lions underwent big changes after last year’s Cotton Bowl appearance.

Kirk Ciarrocca came from Minnesota as the new offensive coordinator, and several other additions to James Franklin’s staff arrived.

QB Sean Clifford (above) should thrive in his second year as the starter.

But receiving options must develop.

The defense should again be stingy; however, the loss of All-America LB Micah Parsons due to coronavirus concerns is a big hit.

With Ohio State coming to Happy Valley, the schedule for Penn State is favorable to make a run at the playoff.