Although the Nittany Lions are ineligible for postseason play, the NCAA did rule that they can be crowned Leaders Division regular-season champions.
Everything is set up nicely for the Lions to win it. Games against Iowa, Purdue and Indiana should be won by Penn State.
That leaves three tough matchups: Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Leaders division foes Ohio State and Wisconsin are both home games.
At 2-0, Penn State is tied for first with Ohio State. Those teams play October 27th at Penn State. The PSU defense will key on Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and shut down his rushing ability.
Motivated by the Beaver Stadium crowd, Penn State will be more pumped up than Ohio State for that showdown, helping the Lions come out on top.
The Badgers travel to Happy Valley on November 24th, another game in which the home-field advantage should be decisive. This Penn State team is not going to let running back Montee Ball run all over them like last year in the 45-7 Wisconsin win. This time, the defense will be ready.
The November 10th road game in Lincoln, Neb., could be the only blemish on the second half of the schedule. Fortunately for Penn State, a loss to Nebraska shouldn't hurt its division-title chances too much since the Huskers are in the Legends Division.
Penn State will finish 9-3, good enough to win the Big Ten Leaders Division crown.