ESPN Predicts Every Penn State Game In 2019

first_imgPenn State's Ayron Monroe pumps up the crowd.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Ayron Monroe #23 of the Penn State Nittany Lions waves to the crowd as he runs out for the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has released its projections for every game on Penn State’s regular season schedule. Compared to some other metrics, the FPI is pretty bullish on the Nittany Lions.PSU has one glaring question on offense. Trace McSorley, perhaps the best quarterback in the program’s history, has graduated, and is now a Baltimore Raven.Sean Clifford, a talented but inexperienced quarterback, is expected to take over for him. The season may hinge on his ability to lead the offense.ESPN’s FPI has a full season projection of 8.9-3.2 for Penn State football in 2019, and ranks the team 12th.That is one spot ahead of Big Ten East power Ohio State.The game-by-game projections line up with that number as well. Penn State is the underdog, per FPI, in just three games this year, though it has at least a 41-percent chance in every game.Here are the full projected results:Week 1 vs. Idaho: WinWeek 2 vs. Buffalo: WinWeek 3 vs. Pitt: WinWeek 5 at Maryland: WinWeek 6 vs. Purdue: WinWeek 7 at Iowa: WinWeek 8 vs. Michigan: LossWeek 9 at Michigan State: LossWeek 11 at Minnesota: WinWeek 12 vs. Indiana: WinWeek 13 at Ohio State: LossWeek 14 vs. Rutgers: WinGiven the recruiting talent that Franklin is bringing in, a 9-3 season during a quarterback transition year would be a solid accomplishment.[ESPN]last_img read more