Penn State embarks on its second season under coach James Franklin with plenty of promise in a loaded Big Ten East division. The Nittany Lions have better depth and talent and nearly a full allotment of scholarships for the first time after being slammed with NCAA sanctions in 2012. But while Penn State improves, so does it competition in defending national champion Ohio State, Michigan under Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State.
Whether or not Penn State hangs with the best of the Big Ten East in 2015 largely depends on quarterback Christian Hackenberg and the ability of its offensive line to take a big leap forward. The Buckeyes and Spartans both have national title aspirations, and the Wolverines could improve by leaps and bounds under Harbaugh.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune and Big Ten Network joined Bob Flounders and Ross Tucker on the Keystone Sports Network this week to talk about the Nittany Lions and the outlook in the Big Ten East. Check out audio of the show in this post and be sure to check back in to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for plenty more Penn State podcasts and analysis.