The Penn State Nittany Lions went 7-6 (2-6 Big Ten) and won the Pinstripe Bowl in their first season under head coach James Franklin, and the team could be in a position to have an even better year in 2015. As someone on Reddit pointed out, Penn State does not leave the Keystone State until its seventh game of the season this year.
Moreover, of those first six games, five are at home in Happy Valley.
Penn State opens the season on the road in Philadelphia, playing Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on September 5, and then has five straight weeks at home against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana before heading on the road to Columbus to face Ohio State.
Barring any injuries or a stumble out of the starting gate, the Nittany Lions could easily be looking at a potential 6-0 start.
It should also be noted that having an easy travel schedule early on could help Penn State down the road, as travel weariness should be a nonfactor by midseason.
So long as everyone plays their best game and everything is running on all cylinders, Penn State could easily be an extreme dark horse team in the race for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
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