Penn State will win the Leaders Division in 2012.
There. I said it.
Let's take a closer look.
The Lions blew a 14-3 halftime lead against Ohio to drop their season opener. Ohio remains undefeated and could realistically finish 12-0.
Penn State was the superior team at Virginia, but kicked the game away (missing four field goals and an extra point in a 17-16 loss).
Since then, the Lions have dismantled Navy, Temple and Illinois by a combined score of 93-27. The games haven't even been close.
Perhaps one would argue that Navy, Temple and Illinois are weak opponents, but look at what teams remain on PSU's schedule: A homecoming game against Northwestern, plus winnable road dates at Purdue, Nebraska and Iowa. Lackluster Indiana and Wisconsin pay a visit to Beaver Stadium to close out the season.
The biggest test?
A prime-time date with Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. That game figures to determine the Big Ten Leaders champ. (Ironically, both teams aren't eligible for the Big Ten title game)
The game is in Happy Valley. It's the Rally in the Valley. It's the White-Out Game, and Penn State hates Ohio State.
If the Leaders crown does come down to that game, are you really going to bet against Michael Mauti and Penn State on their home turf?