Here's a shocker for you, possibly.
If these predictions come true then Penn State will have an excellent chance of playing for the Big Ten championship in the first year of division play.
What makes this more of a challenge though will be the final two weeks of the regular season, with road games at Ohio State and Wisconsin following a home game against cross over opponent Nebraska.
It may be the toughest final three games on any school's schedule in 2011, regardless of conference affiliation.
But if Penn State gets solid play out of the offensive line to give Rob Bolden, Silas Redd, and Stephfon Green room to work with and time to make something happen then the offense has potential to be one of the more dangerous ones in the Big Ten's Leaders Division.
Remember that in the new Big Ten the only games you have to win are the division games so losses to teams like Nebraska and Iowa will hurt in the polls but not necessarily affect the Big Ten championship race.
Penn State has a terrific history against Indiana and Purdue since joining the Big Ten and they will be ready for a revenge game against Illinois at home following last year's outing.
Get through those games at 3-0 and Penn State will control their own destiny in the Leaders Division.
And who knows what the state of mind in Columbus will be with the Ohio State Buckeyes by the time November comes calling.
A 4-0 Penn State team in division play with emerging talent on offense heading to Madison in the final week of the regular season would be a tremendous shape to be in, and it would make for a terrific Big Ten showdown.
Get this far and Joe Paterno will be able to check a couple of items off of his bucket list as well.
Kevin McGuire is the national college football writer for Examiner.com. Follow his college football discussion on Twitter @CFBExaminer.