Wait. So that means the prediction is for Penn State—plagued by sanctions and such—to win nine games next year?
When carefully reviewing their 2013 schedule, the Lions have it pretty easy.
They catch Syracuse the year after Nassib and company put together a solid year, but without their touted signal-caller, where will the offense come from?
While the nonconference slate has some tricky games against UCF and Kent State and Penn State could certainly lose these games, Beaver Stadium could be too much for these teams to deal with.
The contest at Minnesota is definitely one to watch because before the season the Golden Gophers are going to be a wild card team in the Big Ten.
And while Wisconsin competed in the Rose Bowl last year, it'll without a doubt incur a down year.
With exception to Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska, the Lions have a pretty favorable schedule in 2013.
While 7-5 is an obvious possibility, where Penn State stands right now 9-3 is not out of the picture at all.
Think about it: If Ficken makes one out of four field goals missed at Virginia, the Lions are suddenly 9-3.
Sure, a better feel for the season will be attained toward the end of spring practice.
But don't think a record like 9-3 is out of the question because the Lions' 2013 schedule lends itself to such an outcome.