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Where is Penn State in ESPN’s future top 25?

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Penn State has finished in the middle of the Big Ten for the past couple of seasons, but the future still looks promising for the head coach. James Franklin and Nittany Lyons. Coming out of the incredible class of 2022 and kicking off its 2023 graduate recruiting efforts with flying colors, it seems like there’s still a lot of talent at State College. But can Franklin and Penn State use the roster’s potential to do better in the win column?

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Each summer, ESPN looks ahead to see how each college football program potentially stacks up in different categories over the next three seasons. This list was a recently updated forecast of how the programs will perform overall over the next three seasons, starting with the 2022 season and ending with the 2024 season.. Not too surprising Alabama tops this year’s updated list, as it did last year at this time.

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So where does Penn State rank in ESPN’s future rankings?

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In this year’s ESPN future rankings, Penn State is in 15th place. This is three positions lower than last season (12th). The most egregious reason for Penn State’s decline in future rankings is partly due to its recent rise. Michigan (No. 8 this year after not being ranked last year) and Michigan (No. 18 this year, not ranked a year ago). Add the fact that Ohio No. 3, and it’s clear that Penn State is in a tough division. We already knew this, but improved Michigan and Michigan always make the division much tighter.

Another key point to consider is personnel management. This ranking affects the likelihood that the protection coordinator Manny Diaz is potentially a short-term employee who will have an opportunity ahead of the 2024 season to become head coach for former Miami head coach.

If there’s anything that highlights this ranking, it’s that Penn State has talent on the list that is in the top 15 teams by default. What Penn State does with this talent and potential will determine whether the Nittany Lions can become a Big Ten contender for the Buckeyes and a potential playoff candidate, or whether they’re mediocre again.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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