Penn State enters 2022 looking for a rebound under head coach James Franklin and QB Sean Clifford. Since 2020, the Nittany Lions have gone 11-11, and it goes without saying that results must be better this year.

During the offseason, Penn State picked up a solid recruiting class and a new DC in Manny Diaz. With OC Mike Yurcich back for a second season, the program will hope to get more consistency – and overall health – from an offense that has been bogged down too often.

Heading into the season, ESPN’s FPI has predicted every game on the schedule for Penn State. While results should be better than the 7-6 mark from 2021, the Nittany Lions will be solid underdogs for 3 games this year.

Here is the game-by-game projection:

  • Sept. 1 at Purdue — 60.2% chance of winning
  • Sept. 10 vs. Ohio — 97.5% chance of winning
  • Sept. 17 at Auburn — 37.4% chance of winning
  • Sept. 24 vs. Central Michigan — 93.8% chance of winning
  • Oct. 1 vs. Northwestern — 90.1% chance of winning
  • Oct. 15 at Michigan — 33.1% chance of winning
  • Oct. 22 vs. Minnesota –75.3% chance of winning
  • Oct. 29 vs. Ohio State — 17.1% chance of winning
  • Nov. 5 at Indiana — 75.3% chance of winning
  • Nov. 12 vs. Maryland — 73.2% chance of winning
  • Nov. 19 at Rutgers — 82.8% chance of winning
  • Nov. 26 vs. Michigan State — 58.6% chance of winning