College Football Predictions 2011: Why Penn State Can Win the Big Ten

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College Football Predictions 2011: Why Penn State Can Win the Big Ten
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Joe Paterno has led his Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title twice.

In 2005 and 2008, the years that Penn State captured the title, the Lions were not the trendy pick to win the conference title and earn a berth in a BCS bowl game. That did not stop them, as Joe Paterno guided his team into the national title conversation.

This year, Penn State is predicted to finish close to the top of the Leaders division, but no one expects the Nittany Lions to so much as appear in the conference title game. They are not even ranked in the Top 25 of most preseason polls.

Despite the lack of expectations for this year's version of the Penn State Nittany Lions, this could actually be a special year in Happy Valley.

The potential is there for a run to the Big Ten title. Joe Paterno has surprised the college football world before and he can do it again this season.

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