Well, folks, let’s kick off this season as we did last season, with a pseudo-statistical look at the season ahead, using the Sports Illustrated pre-season rankings as a basis. “Poppycock!” you say? Think again! The Great Gobbler is proud to reiterate that last year’s prediction hit the nail right on the head. We said four wins and it was four wins. You can’t beat that with a stick!
Well, now, this year, we have a little different situation, but in no way am I going to get into wishful thinking. Sure, I would like to see the Lions do well. I am as frustrated as the rest of you. However, there’s a long row to hoe on the way back to national prominence.
Let’s look a bit at the SI rankings. Last year, they started Penn State at #50. This year, they’ve put the Nittany Lions at #30. You can dispute the rankings and split hairs ad nauseam, but the SI ranking is good enough for this exercise. I’ll be looking at individual games later. For now, let’s take a look at the rankings of the teams on our schedule.