The ink is barely on the newspapers that nobody will read telling tales of Alabama's decisive victory over Ohio State in the 2021 College Football Playoff Championship. That did not stop the oddsmakers from looking forward to the 2022 edition. Despite their up-and-down 2020 season, those oddsmakers are still high on what the Nittany Lions could be in 2021, as they open the offseason tied for the 9th-best odds in the country at 50/1.
Joining Penn State at 50/1 are Miami, Michigan, and Washington. The other Big Ten schools to make the list were Ohio State (13/2), Wisconsin (40/1), Indiana (100/1), and Iowa (100/1).
As far as whether or not these odds make much sense right now, well, that's up for debate. For as rough as Penn State looked at times in 2020, Wisconsin looked even rougher, yet are starting with better odds than the Lions. Then there's Indiana, who will return plenty of talent including quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and wide receiver Ty Fryfogle, yet are only being given 100/1 odds.
As far as Penn State is concerned, however, 50/1 feels about right at this stage. The talent is there, especially with key pieces such as Jahan Dotson, Tariq Casto-Fields, Jaquan Brisker, and Rasheed Walker all returning for another year, but the team will need to show much more than it did in 2020 to even sniff a playoff berth.
Granted, none of this really matters because it's going to look wildly different once the season is actually upon us and teams actually know things like who their starting quarterbacks will be.
But hey, at least it's something! Is it time for the season opener yet?