Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 8/5/13
  The dawn of August means pre-season camps are upon us. It also means that it’s time to rekindle the decade-long tradition of telling you the story of 2013…before 2013 happens. I’ve come a long way since 2004 (when the offense-devoid Lions did not indeed make it to the Rose Bowl that I predicted).  But even when my predictions miss the mark completely, you can trust that I’ve researched our Lions and our opponents well. A couple of basic premises that I’m assuming this season as I create these. 1—Our defense is going to take a step back this year. You don’t lose three NFL draft picks off the front 7 and improve. Sorry. I’d be more optimistic if our defensive recruiting had been more stellar of late but Notre Dame and Florida beat us for key recruits in Paterno’s last years and Ohio State sapped us post-scandal. The cupboard simply is not stocked to normal Penn State standards. 2—Bill O’Brien and the offensive coaching staff will get the most out of what we have on
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