Penn State among playoff favorites for 2018; reflecting on QB Kerry Collins’ career with Nittany Lions
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Odds in their favor
Penn State will go into the 2018 season as one of the favorites to win the Big Ten title and go to the College Football Playoff.
As Andrew Callahan from Lions 247 points out, the Nittany Lions are loved by the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
The Nittany Lions have been given 11-1 odds to win the 2019 CFP title game, per the online sportsbook Bovada. Those odds are sixth-best following Alabama (11-4), Clemson (6-1), Georgia (15-2), Ohio State (15-2) and Michigan (9-1). Rounding out the top 10 were Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas and Miami.
Callahan points out the Westgate has Penn State at 12-1 to make the playoff.
It’s been a decade, but Penn State finished in the top 10 for the second year in a row and that has not happened since the 2008-09 season.
As Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call points out, the Nittany Lions also finished with consecutive 11-win seasons for the first time since 2008-09 as well.
If they pair a strong recruiting class and returning
One of the greats
Kerry Collins cemented himself as one of the greats in Penn State program history with his 1994 season, and is now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Gordon Brunskill and Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times take a look back at the career of Collins in a Nittany Lions uniform.
The next chapter
Tony Stewart won’t follow Collins to the Hall of Fame, but his time at Penn State was well spent. The former tight end tells Wogenrich that he has moved on to the next chapter of his life, which now involves being a life coach.
Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley met recently with Stewart for guidance and keeping his life in order as he moves on to the NFL.
In addition, Stewart, 38, is beginning a new venture as a Chick-fil-A franchisee in southern California, to where he and his family will move from the San Francisco area. Stewart attributed his success to a series of mentors, from high school through the NFL, who “poured themselves” into his future.
Stewart reconnected with the Penn State program in 2016 when he returned to campus for the first time since his playing career was over.
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