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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Last Year: 7-6 Pinstripe Bowl W. . team. Head Coach: Greg Schiano. 10. . . Rutgers. . 452

Key losses: Max Melton, Rene Konga Key additions: Dymere Miller, Athan Kaliakmanis

Greg Schiano teams are not particularly exciting, but he’s steadily turning Rutgers back into a respectable program. No longer the laughingstock of the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights went 7-6 last year though just 3-6 in conference play. 

Gavin Wimsatt is back at quarterback for Rutgers which gives the team a baseline of competence on that side of the ball, but not a particularly high ceiling. More importantly, Kyle Monangai is returning after rushing for 1,262 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. 

Defensively, Schiano will always put a good product on the field, but losing Max Melton, who became a second-round pick in the NFL draft, will hurt. With four new teams coming into the Big Ten, Rutgers gets pushed a bit further down the hierarchy and a trip to USC in late October won’t be easy, but the Scarlet Knights are a mid-tier Big Ten program and that’s a great compliment.