Seems like Penn St hasn’t collapsed under the Sandusky sanctions. Can they be reasonably competitive once the probation ends?
Define “reasonably competitive”.
Duh! “Reasonably competitive”-contending for mid-tier bowls. Mid-tier=Citrus, Peach, Gator, etc.
Is this directed at me or yourself?
Well, the Citrus Bowl was (records are pre-bowl) Louisville (11-1) - Miami (9-3), the [del]Peach[/del] Chick-Fil-A Bowl was Texas A&M (8-4) - Duke (10-3), and the Gator Bowl was Nebraska (8-4) - Georgia (8-4). Penn St. was 7-5 this season, and 8-4 last season. Seems to me they’re already reasonably competitive.
I agree. (Haven’t followed them as closely lately). I can’t wait until they are “Final Four” worthy again.
It looks like they had a relatively successful recruiting class. Signing day is today.
Let’s consider two other questions:
- How long before they could win the Big 10?
- How long before they could win the national title?
Good questions PT.
They’ve already had two better than expected years under Bill O’Brien, and new coach Franklin is a very solid football man.
LONG term, I think they can contend for the Big Ten again in 3 or 4 years. Franklin can bring in some very good players before that, but he won’t have the DEPTH to do more than make second/third-tier bowls until then.