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Jeff’s 2023-24 Big Ten Football Spotlight Team

By: Jeff Hochman     Date: Jul 12, 2023
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Penn State Nittany Lions Over 9.5 (-130)

Penn State Nittany Lions Under 9.5 (+115)

Penn State To Win Conference (+575)

Penn State To Make Playoffs (+450)

Penn State To Win CFB Championship (+2100)


In the upcoming 2023-24 college football season, Penn State is a team to watch out for in the Big Ten conference. With a history of successful seasons (except for the Covid year), the Nittany Lions are poised to keep their momentum strong. Their rising star quarterback, Drew Allar, is set to enter his sophomore season, standing at 6'5" and weighing 245 pounds. He has already proven himself with impressive performances in his limited appearances last season. The backfield is equally remarkable, with Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen forming a formidable duo, each perfectly complementing the other's skills and abilities. And let's remember the offensive line, generating some serious buzz with Olu Fashanu dominating on the left side. Overall, it's clear that Penn State is a force to be reckoned with and will make some serious waves in the upcoming season.

The team is full of talented players, which means they have the potential to be very successful. Head coach James Franklin is leading them and is sure to help them achieve great things. James has been a coach for 28 years, with experience coaching at both collegiate and NFL levels. He has led his teams to a bowl game in 11 out of their first 12 seasons, a feat only six current FBS coaches can claim. He has also led Penn State to four New Year's Six bowls, which is impressive.

Last season, Penn State's pass efficiency defense was exceptional, ranking as the second-best in the nation. Not only that, but their ranking of No. 5 for yards allowed per attempt is truly impressive. The Big 10 recognizes Kalen King and Johnny Dixon as two of the top defensive backs in the nation. It's always exciting to witness talented, young athletes elevating their skills to the next level. Senior Keaton Ellis and junior Jaylen Reed are no exception. After years of refining their abilities, these exceptional players are on the brink of making their dreams of playing professionally on Sundays a reality.

Despite losing some important players like cornerback Joey Porter Jr. and safety Ji'Ayir Brown, the Nittany Lions are expected to have an outstanding defense in the Big Ten. Standout players like linebacker Abdul Carter and defensive ends Adisa Isaac and Chop Robinson will lead Penn State's defense, which will undoubtedly be a formidable force this season, under the guidance of second-year Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz.

Penn State is gearing up for the 2023 season with a promising group of recruits. Among them are four-star players such as Drew Shelton, an offensive tackle, and Dani Dennis-Sutton, a defensive end. Their arrival will bolster the already impressive roster of the Nittany Lions, adding depth and talent to the team.

According to the strength of schedule rankings, Penn State plays the 90th most formidable schedule out of 133 FBS programs. With their promising non-conference schedule, talented returning roster, and strong recruiting class, they have what it takes to exceed expectations and win more than 9.5 games this season. For those interested in sports betting, it may be worth considering a wager on the Nittany Lions to surpass 9.5 wins at -130 odds, which could result in significant returns.

My Selection: Penn State Over 9.5 Wins (-130)


  Jeff Hochman

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