By Martin Bond
The Big 10 just wrapped up its media circus in Chicago, just in time for Vegas to set odds on who will win the conference:
Ohio State, followed by Wisconsin, followed by:
Penn State: 23/4
Last year Penn State finished just outside the College Football Playoff despite beating Ohio State.
The Nittany Lions might have been the best team in the country from October on last season, but a Week 2 loss at Pitt, and a 39 point defeat at Michigan killed their national title chances. This season PSU faces a monster stretch in October and November, playing at Northwestern, and then after a week off taking on Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State, the last two on the road, during a three week span.
They do not face Wisconsin in the regular season.
Sixteen starters return with Quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley (above) among the best one-two punches in the country. On defense, the Lions linebacker are strong, but they must get pressure up front. They are 0-7 over the last two years when going an entire game without a sack.