If you listened to some of the experts around Penn State Football heading into last season, then you had an idea it was going to be a tough season. An inexperienced group of quarterbacks, the loss of a bunch of talented seniors and a hard schedule to boot had many predicting a 6-6 or 7-5 record.
And true to their word, the Nittany Lions finished the regular season 7-5 and finished the season 7-6 after a loss to Florida in the Outback Bowl. For many programs, seven wins and a bowl game would be considered a successful season.
But in State College, it was considered a down year. Especially when you consider it was the first time since 2004 the Nittany Lions had finished with fewer than nine wins. Still, hope springs eternal every summer in Happy Valley and the expectations are high again for Joe Paterno and his crew.
He still has to decide on a quarterback, with Rob Bolden still on campus after Paterno denied his transfer request and Matt McGloin struggling at the end of the season. There's also the issue of replacing graduated senior and school rushing leader Evan Royster. But we'll start to find out some of those answers as the spring goes on.
In the meantime, here is the game-by-game breakdown of what you can expect from Penn State football in 2011.