Penn State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013

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Penn State Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013
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The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to improve on a successful 2012 season in which they finished 8-4. The upcoming schedule features eight bowl teams from a season ago.

That doesn't count Ohio State who was undefeated but ineligible for postseason play.

2013 will mark the Nittany Lions' final season of play in the Big Ten Leaders Division as the conference will realign in 2014 with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.

Familiar opponents like Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue will once again match up with the Nittany Lions this season. Others, such as Minnesota and Michigan have also once again landed on Penn State's schedule.

While Penn State returns an experienced team, especially on offense, 2013 will still present some challenges. Quarterback Matt McGloin will need to be replaced. Steven Bench, the only quarterback on the roster with experience at the major college level, recently announced he's leaving the school.

Roster depth issues caused by a loss of scholarships and graduation will be something that head coach Bill O'Brien will have to overcome.

However, based on how he dealt with everything last season, Penn State fans should be encouraged and excited for the new season.

While the first game is still about three months away, it's not too early to start looking ahead.

This slideshow predicts the outcome of every Penn State game in 2013.

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