Fearless forecast: 4 season predictions 

August, 30, 2012
8/30/12
11:00
AM ET
With the season just around the corner, NittanyNation takes a look into its crystal ball and tries to discern what lies ahead for this year's Penn State team:

1. Penn State finishes 7-5. The Nittany Lions play better than their record indicates and give the Class of 2013 enough hope to stay together. (And, yes, that means Christian Hackenberg and Adam Breneman stick with PSU.) Penn State starts out strong but falters later in the season, losing three of the last five, once teams start to pick up its tendencies with more film.

2. Passing game no longer anemic. Matt McGloin finishes the season with more than 2,500 yards -- good enough for one of the school's top-5 spots in single-season yardage -- and winds up around the middle of the pack in Big Ten passer efficiency.
College Football Player Rankings: 41-60
Chris Spielman and Brian Griese discuss the players ranked 41-60 in ESPN.com's top 100 college football players.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video