Two big-time programs, a lot of questions. How will all of the storylines affect college football picks involving Penn State and Ohio State?
We'll start with Penn State. There's plenty to talk about.
Joe Paterno went out in a disgraced manner after over six decades with the school, but not before establishing himself as the winningest college football coach in history.
Shame on Jerry Sandusky. A long-time assistant with the school, he was accused of some heinous crimes and was recently convicted. It's such a pity that Paterno's last memories were of his school in the midst of such a horrible situation.
Ultimately, lung cancer beat Paterno, who passed away at 86 years old.
How will the school recover from this? It may take a while. Bill O'Brien has some massive obstacles to overcome and there's no doubt the institution has been tarnished by what's happened over the past year.
As for Ohio State, things are looking a lot more promising, even with their own scandals.
Former coach Jim Tressel was caught lying and was subsequently suspended. The Buckeyes will therefore be ineligible to compete in any bowl games or conference championships this coming season.
That's not going to stop Urban Meyer from making his mark early. Meyer was the biggest hire of the offseason. He's won big at every school he's been at, and with Ohio State's prominence on the national scale, it's only a matter of time before the Buckeyes return to the top.
Meyer will have Braxton Miller under center and he's going to be a treat to watch in the spread offense. He possesses great tools and can beat teams with both his arm and his legs. The Buckeyes are in good hands with Miller at quarterback, no question about it.
To summarize, the immediate future is bright for Ohio State despite some violations, while Penn State may be in for some tough times ahead.