A lot of preseason hype is being allocated to the Penn State Nittany Lions as we enter the early summer months. I believe that hype has been rightfully earned, they are coming off of an 11-2 season in 2022 while winning their last five games. Most recently, they defeated the 7th-ranked Utah Utes in the 2022 Rose Bowl game.
Carrying that momentum over from last season to this summer has the national media spreading the news that Penn State will be one of the most dangerous teams in the country in 2023. A large part of that is the returning production from the 2022 season. They return all five starters on the offensive line, both Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton will be in the backfield, KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Theo Johnson, the list goes on and on, and I haven’t even mentioned the defensive studs such as Abdul Carter, Chop Robinson, Curtis Jacobs, and Kalen King.
It truly is one of the most well-rounded teams in recent memory; however, just because players have had success on the field in their careers already, that doesn’t guarantee anything about the 2023 Nittany Lions. That’s why James Franklin does such a tremendous job, he never allows his team to look too far ahead or get carried away with any media hype. His one-game-at-a-time mentality ensures that Penn State will be ready for its next opponent without looking too far ahead.
Brad Crawford of 247sports recently wrote an article “College football’s 10 most dangerous teams to watch in 2023.”
Penn State was listed as the third most dangerous team in the country in his opinion. He stated “On paper, this is James Franklin’s most talented team in Happy Valley and everyone knows there are two games on the schedule that will determine whether this team gets a crack at the playoff on Selection Sunday…”
If Drew Allar can live up to his 5-star ranking and add an explosive passing element to this already-loaded running game, Penn State can certainly be one of the most dangerous teams in 2023.