After last year's reasonably successful 8-4 season, Coach Bill O'Brien had the headache of finding some new quarterback recruits as both starting quarter back Matt McGloin and the experienced Steven Bench were out of the picture.
However, Penn State fans needn't worry as O'Brien's reputation for attracting quality quarterbacks to play for the Nittany Lions continues to gather endorsements. But what about fans? Not many things may have kept faithful Penn State punters happy without any college football to get their teeth into – but the new season isn't far away. For moments like these, there is Intertops Online Casino providing entertaining games accessible even from your phones.
Step forward Michael O'Connor, formerly of IMG Academy, who at 223 pounds and six foot four inches tall has received a four-star rating from both Lions 24/7 and Rivals.com. O'Connor will reportedly be backed up by another quarterback recruit in Christian Hackenberg, whilst O'Brien has also recruited nine more new players including Tyler Ferguson who he plucked from California.
In typical Lions ethos, the offense is packed full of talented running backs, tight ends and wide receivers.
The defense is no pushover either with several of last year's team returning, including defensive tackle Deion Barnes who was voted Freshman of the Year last season.
With the Lions looking to improve on last season statistics, the opening game sees them travel to New Jersey to take on old rivals Syracuse Orange at the MetLife Stadium.
While The Orange were themselves successful last season, with a record of 8-5, they have lost the services of their starting quarterback Ryan Nassib and top receiver Alec Lemon.
Penn State fans will be eager to back their team to make a winning start and a victory should be forthcoming for Moneyline backers. However, covering the Point Spread may be more lucrative and, with both teams fielding new-look teams, a seven point victory is the prediction. The totals bet score estimate is 40+.