James Franklin’s Penn State broke through in 2016, when a sturdy defense and a thrilling, explosive offense carried them to the Big Ten title and nearly a Rose Bowl win against USC. The Nittany Lions lost a few key pieces, but most of the principals from that run are still in place on this year’s team. The Lions are facing higher expectations than at any point under Franklin or his predecessor, Bill O’Brien. Whether they meet them will define the East race against Ohio State and Michigan.
Here’s the schedule:
|Date||Opponent||Time (p.m. ET)||TV/streaming||Penn State’s S&P+ win probability|
|10/28||at Ohio State||3:30||FOX/FoxSportsGO||34%|
|11/4||at Michigan State||TBA||TBA||79%|