We’re nearing the point where we can countdown the start of the Penn State football season in hours, not days. As the Nittany Lions begin their 2023 campaign, many in Happy Valley hope to see something special this fall. The expectations around this team are incredibly high, and everyone wants to know if Penn State can live up to the hype. According to one college football podcast, Penn State will do just that. Last week, Brandon Walker and Jack McGuire, two popular podcast hosts on Barstool’s Unnecessary Roughness, picked the Nittany Lions to win the Big Ten and James Franklin to win the conference’s coach of the year award.
Popular podcast hosts pick Penn State to win Big Ten, James Franklin to win coach of the year
With Week 0 action complete, prediction season is just about over, and we can get to the action on the field. However, there are still a few preseason picks that have made headlines in recent days. On last week’s episode of Unnecessary Roughness, two of Barstool’s popular podcast hosts gave some serious love to Penn State football.
On the show’s Big Ten preview episode, Brandon Walker and Jack McGuire picked Penn State to win the conference this fall. Walker has the Nittany Lions eclipsing Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game. McGuire has Penn State beating out Iowa for the conference title in a game that would be a rematch from the September 23 contest in Beaver Stadium.
OUR BIG 10 PREVIEW IS HERE.
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) August 22, 2023
In addition, the pair also has head coach James Franklin taking home Big Ten coach of the year. If successful, this would be the second time Franklin takes home that honor. Franklin first won the award in 2016 after his first Big Ten championship.
More love for the Lions
Brandon Walker and Jack McGuire aren’t the only ones giving Penn State football love during prediction season. On Sunday night, popular CBS college football analyst Josh Pate predicted the Nittany Lions to make the College Football Playoff. Pate has Penn State missing out on the Big Ten title game but getting in as an 11-1 at-large bid.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit also delivered some praise Penn State’s way over the weekend. During College GameDay Saturday morning, Herbstreit talked highly of the Nittany Lion offense, calling the roster “loaded.”
These predictions and many more will begin to be put to the test this weekend as Penn State opens the 2023 season at home against West Virginia.
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