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Posted: Jul 6, 2022Last updated: Jul 14, 2022

For a moment last year, Penn State looked like it might be on the verge of a special season. A 5-0 start gave way to back-to-back heartbreaking defeats against Iowa and Illinois. Then, as if on cue, the losses started to mount.

Even in defeat, however, James Franklin‘s team was competitive. While the results didn’t always show it, Penn State wasn’t far off.

Quarterback Sean Clifford will be back for one last ride, which is wonderful news for PSU. While he’s had a rollercoaster collegiate career, he has improved, can be dangerous with his legs, and knows how to run this offense.

In fact, an injury to Clifford against Iowa ultimately led to the second-half collapse.

Defensively, former Miami head coach Manny Diaz will be tasked with leading a unit that finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense last fall. The front seven will look new, although the return of space-eater PJ Mustipher will be huge upfront. He also suffered an injury against Iowa, and his absence hurt this team a great deal.

The biggest concern is the offensive line and running game, which could wind up a strength. Clifford cannot be expected to take it all on himself. He needs help, especially with wideout Jahan Dotson off to the NFL.

There is still plenty of talent, but there are also plenty of questions. The conference feels somewhat open outside of Ohio State, but Franklin must address needs beyond the stellar, playmaking quarterback.

Penn State Odds 2022: National Championship & Win Total

All Penn State NCAAF betting odds are current as of Sunday, July 10 at 11 p.m. ET at Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Win National Championship: +7500
  • Win Total: 8.5 (Over -105 / Under -125)
  • Win Big Ten: +1400

Penn State Schedule

GameOpponent
Week 1@ Purdue
Week 2Ohio
Week 3@ Auburn
Week 4Central Florida
Week 5Northwestern
Week 6@ Michigan
Week 7Minnesota
Week 8Ohio State
Week 9@ Indiana
Week 10Maryland
Week 11@ Rutgers
Week 12Michigan State

Penn State Key Games

Penn State at Auburn (9/17/2022)

  • Game of the Year Line: Auburn -1 at Betway
  • Penn State won last year’s home meeting, 28-20
  • Penn State is 24-24-0 all-time against the SEC

Penn State at Michigan (10/15/2022):

  • Game of the Year Line: Michigan -7 at Betway
  • Penn State lost year’s matchup, 21-17
  • Michigan leads the all-time series 15-10

Penn State vs. Ohio State (10/29/2022):

  • Game of the Year Line: Ohio State -12 at Betway
  • Ohio State has won the last five matchups
  • Ohio State won last year’s game, 33-24

Penn State Win Total Bet

Penn State Over 8.5 Wins (-105) at Caesars

Wager: 1 Unit

You’ll know where you stand early.

Penn State’s opening game at Purdue is a massive one, and the trip to Auburn a few weeks later is vital for this bet to cash.

Sure, playing at Michigan will be tricky, and conquering Ohio State at home feels like a loss, but the rest of the schedule feels somewhat manageable. In fact, if Penn State can enter the last month with five wins, which it should, I’ll feel good about where things stand.

Clifford must stay healthy, which he couldn’t do last season, and the offensive line must gel. But it does feel like a team many will sleep on. A 10-win season, if all the parts come together, is within its grasp.

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Adam Kramer

Adam Kramer is an NFL, college football, and gambling analyst for The Game Day. While college football has long been his calling, he’s also covered sports such as boxing, horse racing, and baseball at The Game Day and in other places. He’s also written for Bleacher Report, VSiN, and various other outlets over the past decade-plus.

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