Penn State Getting No Respect From ESPN

ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach has released his 2012 college football rankings, and the Nittany Lions are not in it.

As expected, Schlabach has three SEC schools in his top five with LSU (1), Alabama (3) and Georgia (5).

As far as the Big Ten is concerned, Schlabach has five Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25: Michigan (9), Michigan State (11), Wisconsin (15), Ohio State (17) and Nebraska (24).

With so many questions whirling about the Penn State program and new head coach Bill O’Brien, I am not that surprised that the Nittany Lions are ranked nationally.

That being said, I think that Penn State will surprise a few teams this season. While Penn State’s talent is not as good as other teams in the Big Ten, I expect that Bill O’Briens New England patriots offense will create matchups that Penn State will be able to take advantage off.

I think back to when another former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis went to Notre Dame. In his first season at South Bend, Weis took Notre Dame to a 9-2 record purely because of the game planning of Weis. I expect O’Brien to do thee same this season. Might be 8-4 instead of 9-2, but I expect the Lions to surprise a lot of teams this season.

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