For those of you who love it when PSU starts the season hiding in the Top 25 wine cellar, you won’t be disappointed by College Football News‘ ranking:
22. Penn State Penn State Preview
Predicted Finish: 9-3 2005 Predicted Finish: 6-5 2005 Record: 11-1
This isn’t last year’s team, but it’s certainly not going to slip enough to be lousy again. If everything can come together right away and all the new starters can play like consistent veterans, things could get interesting because of a not-that-bad schedule. New quarterback Anthony Morelli will be fine. Tony Hunt is an unsung producer who should crank out another 1,000-yard season even with Austin Scott getting a little more work. Derrick Williams, Deon Butler, and Jordan Norwood forms one of the nation’s best young receiving corps. The offensive line will be an issue with only one returning starter. The D only returns four starters, but the linebacking corps will be incredible.
Relative Strengths: linebacker, receiver Relative Weaknesses: secondary, offensive line
Be sure to read the whole preview by clicking the link. I’ve always enjoyed the CFN optimistic spirit. Besides, they’re the only writers with the balls to rank Notre Dame #18 going into the season.