Penn State enters the 2017 season looking to defend its Big Ten title and reach the College Football Playoff.
The Nittany Lions were not one of the four teams selected to play in the CFP at the end of the 2016 season, despite their conference title, a nine-game winning streak and a win over Ohio State — a team that made the playoff field.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Penn State coach James Franklin was asked if his team deserved to make the playoff last season. Franklin said “it was hard to argue” against the Nittany Lions’ case last year while acknowledging the team needs to “make a better case” in the future.
“I think you could make a great argument,” Franklin said. “When you win your conference championship and you beat the team that went head-to-head, it’s hard to argue that we shouldn’t have been there. But it’s our job to make sure we make a better case for ourselves in the future.”
Franklin’s comments, along with conversations with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley, can be found here.
Penn State was ranked sixth in the 2017 preseason coaches poll, which was released Aug. 3.