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The season will start with Joe Paterno looking to pass the legendary Eddie Robinson on the all-time coaching victories list in college football. Paterno, with 401 career wins, already is the all-time FBS wins leader, but he remains seven wins shy of Robinson on the all-time list.
Eight wins would move Paterno in to second place all time by himself, where he would likely remain as John Gagliardi (478 wins) is still active at St. John's (Minnesota).
We already touched on Iowa and Nebraska, so where will the six more wins come? The season opens with FCS opponent Indiana State for what should be a lopsided victory for one. The Nittany Lions have never lost to Indiana (Oct. 1) and Temple (Sept. 17) has not defeated Penn State since 1941. If those trends continue Penn State will have a minimum of three wins before without even counting a likely win against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 24).
Assuming wins in all of those games (five wins), Penn State has seven more games to pick up three wins and that does not include a bowl game. Penn State has only lost to Purdue (October 15) twice since joining the Big Ten (2003, 2004) and the Boilermakers have some rebuilding to do so that could be another win. Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin will be tough obstacles but not impossible to overcome.
Of course, beating Alabama would certainly provide a boost on the hunt for Robinson on the all-time list.