Thursday, May 28, 2015

Penn State No. 17

Penn State moved up two spots in both the Associated Press and USAToday coaches' poll. Find it here. With the Lions having -- let's not mince words here -- two cupcakes (Syracuse and Temple) next on the schedule, it's conceivable to think that they might be ranked fairly high if the rankings fall the way I assume. Let's look at the schedule for the teams ahead of Penn State with my prediction for each game.

Penn State No. 17

Penn State moved up two spots in both the Associated Press and USAToday coaches' poll. Find it here. With the Lions having -- let's not mince words here -- two cupcakes (Syracuse and Temple) next on the schedule, it's conceivable to think that they might be ranked fairly high if the rankings fall the way I assume. Let's look at the schedule for the teams ahead of Penn State with my prediction for each game.

1. Southern Cal: Ohio State (Win), (By the way, what's up with the Trojans early season schedule? Two byes?)
2. Georgia: at South Carolina (W), at Arizona State (uh, W)
3. Oklahoma: at Washington (W)
4. Florida: at Tennessee (W)
5. Ohio State: at Southern Cal (L), Troy (W)
6. Missouri: Nevada (W), Buffalo (W)
7. LSU: North Texas (W), at Auburn (L)
8. Texas: Arkansas (W), Rice (W)
9. Auburn: at Miss. St. (W), LSU (W)
10. Wisconsin: at Fresno State (L), at Michigan (W)
11. Alabama: Western Ky. (W), at Arkansas (W)
12. Texas Tech: SMU (W), UMass (W)
13. Kansas: at So. Fla. (L), Sam Hou. State (W)
14. East Carolina: at Tulane (W), at N.C. State (W)
15. Arizona State: UNLV (W), Georgia (L)
16. Oregon: at Purdue (W), Boise State (L)

By my estimation that means the Lions would be ranked No. 12 by the time they host Illinois. Of course, this doesn't take into the fact that I may be 100 percent wrong about each game and the chance that a team behind the Lions will leap them.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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