3. Penn State
Head coach James Franklin has done a fantastic job of rebuilding this program — both from a talent and infrastructure standpoint. The Nittany Lions have the Big Ten’s best player returning in RB Saquon Barkley. QB Trace McSorley is one of the more underrated players in the country — possessing the uncanny ability to make something out of nothing. Linebacker Jason Cabinda and safety Marcus Allen are two of the best at their respective positions in the conference.
Penn State does have a tough four-game stretch — which consecutively includes a road game at Northwestern, a home tilt versus Michigan, and back-to-back away contests versus Ohio State and Michigan State.
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