Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/31/13
Let's just cut to the chase.  Penn State is a lot better than people think.  Head coach Bill O'Brien has done a terrific job handling the scandal, and the penalties that came along with it.  With the 43rd-ranked recruiting class in 2013, including #1 QB Christian Hackenberg (named the starter for week 1), and #1 TE Adam Breneman, the Nittany Lions are loaded with talent on offense.  O'Brien's club will score plenty of points this year, making them instantly competitive in a typically defensive conference like the Big Ten.  With one of the best fan bases and atmospheres in the nation, it's hard to imagine Penn State having a bad season.  Here are my game-by-game predictions for the Nittany Lions in 2013.  Week 1: vs. Syracuse, August 31 (at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ)What I'm Thinking: The Meadowlands will be packed for this one. Two programs with a ton of history and prestige, but that aren't living up to it as of now.  Penn State is in the better spot.  Both teams l...
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