Penn State had a good season last year, despite the sanctions. I'd like to see them have at least one more win/one less loss. Each year of improvement will help when they're back bowl eligible.
As a Syracuse NY native, I'm interested to see how SU does under a new coach, a reviving program and in a new conference (ACC). Their schedule is favorable for a bowl visit.
The big ACC buzz is the schedule - some teams have it harder (Miami) than others. But, in the end, that only helps for ACC championship standings. The polls will determine things after the top two ACC bowl tie-ins. - so it only matters if one is in position to win or pose a threat to win a division (atlantic or Coastal). The polls take over after theACC championship winner is selected to the BCS.
Syracuse isn't in the mix, IMO, so as long as they can eke out 6 or 7 wins, which their home and away schedule seems to indiciate they could do it, they go bowling their first year inthe ACC. That would be a tremebdous boost to the longevity of the program being successful in the ACC. Traditionally, like other former Big East teams (VaTech, Miami) they should be contenders for division championships every year, once they can get over the first hurdle. But if it takes too long to make a splash in the new conference, they'll be the next NC State - a program with a decent history, but not a year-in-year out contender.
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