Big Ten football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Nittany Lions get better?

Ohio State and Oregon loaded up with transfer portal additions this offseason and have separated themselves in the new Big Ten as the top two contenders. So, where do James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions stand?
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515. Last Year: 12-2 Fiesta Bowl W. 2. . . . Oregon Ducks. . . Head Coach: Dan Lanning

Key losses: Bo Nix, Bucky Irving, Troy Franklin, Key additions: Dillon Gabriel, Evan Stewart, Jabbar Muhammad

If it weren’t for Kalen DeBoer’s loaded Washington Huskies team last season, Oregon would have been in the College Football Playoff. Now, with both teams coming to the Big Ten, the balance of power has shifted in a big way. DeBoer went to Alabama, while most of his roster went to the NFL, and Lanning reloaded. 

To replace Bo Nix, Bucky Irving, and Troy Franklin, Lanning added Dillon Gabriel at quarterback, Evan Stewart at wide receiver, and Jay Harris, a running back from Northwest Missouri State. Lanning even convinced former five-star quarterback, Dante Moore to leave UCLA to backup Gabriel, so his succession plan is already in place. 

The Ducks are stacked and if Ohio State doesn’t win the Big Ten, then Oregon will.