Pre-Season Rankings Out Already

It’s early May, which means that the college experts must be putting together their 2010 pre-season rankings. I take these with a grin of salt as it is very, very early. Mark Schlabach of ESPM has Penn State at No. 23, which is one of the better rankings I have seen for what will be a very young Penn State team.

Schlabach had this to say about Penn State next season:

The Nittany Lions’ youth on offense showed during spring practice, which isn’t a good thing considering they play defending national champion Alabama in their second game. Sophomores¬†Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin, who were the favorites to replace departed quarterback Daryll Clark, were outplayed by freshman Paul Jones during the spring game. The offensive line also was shaky after undergoing major changes. Center Stefan Wisniewski moved to right guard, and junior Quinn Barham emerged as the new left tackle. The defense must replace three linebackers, and tackle Jared Odrick is gone. There’s enough talent for Penn State to win nine or 10 games, but it will have to survive road contests at Iowa and Ohio State to challenge for a Big Ten championship.

As a member in the Nittany Network put is this week, Penn State’s season will be determined by the ability of the offensive lines to control the line of scrimmage and give the young quarterbacks time. ¬†One prediction I read then was:

Quality OL: 9-3 (@Bama, @Iowa, @OSU) with a chance to beat Iowa to get to 10-2.
Terrible OL: 7-5 (@Bama, @Iowa, UofM, @Minn/@IND,@OSU)

How do you think Penn State will do next season?

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