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The Penn State Nittany Lions football program have been the model of consistency during Joe Paterno's tenure.
Still, the talent level has slowly been dropping in recent years.
Last year, the team's conference wins cam against Michigan, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Indiana. These teams don't exactly represent the cream of the crop in the conference. Plus, the Nittany Lions went 0-4 against teams in the top 25.
Penn State could very well go 2-2 in the non-conference with games against the Alabama Crimson Tide and on the road against the Temple Owls, who gave them trouble last season.
Then, the conference schedule hits, which ends with a death trap of Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
It is very possible that this team could only win three conference games and miss bowl contention.
Despite the fact that the team returns 16 starters, the talent is not there.
Penn State will not make a bowl game in 2011.