Trace McSorley looks like he’ll be the best quarterback in the Big Ten. James Franklin has done a remarkable of restoring Penn State quickly to national-contender status after the devastating Sandusky scandal.

And while running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Mike Gesicki and eight defensive starters are gone, there are a lot of reasons to think the Nittany Lions will be in the mix in the Big Ten East, which looks like the nation’s toughest division. (I don’t expect the turmoil in Columbus to diminish that a whole lot.)

In a way, this is the year when we find out if Penn State is really back. Hang tough in a division with Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State—and you’ve done something. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.