A lot of attention is being placed on the Penn State season opener, very little to do with football. The Nittany Lions had one of the most tumultuous offseasons in history, but there are a few reasons why their new era will start off well on Saturday.
Penn State is favored by just six points over Ohio University. That’s Ohio out of the MAC, not The Ohio State University.
Ohio is no easy opponent. It has a ton of talent, including junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who passed for more than 3,000 yards and completed nearly 65 percent of his passes.
Against Rutgers last season, Tettleton threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t throw a pick.
His top target last year LaVon Brazill, a 1,000-yard receiver, is an Indianapolis Colt. Tettleton will need to find a new target against Penn State.
The Nittany Lion defense finished 20th in total defense last season, giving up 323.92 yards per game.
They return two stand-out senior linebackers in Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, looking to them on a weekly basis.
Just six-point favorites, Penn State’s new era kicks off Saturday and will start well. Here’s why.