Penn State faces questions on road to Alabama

There are many big games on Alabama’s football schedule in 2010, but a special one is the game against Penn State. What can the Alabama Crimson Tide expect from the Nittany Lions? Here is a good preview:

AP: As always in Happy Valley, question marks lie with the offensive line, which could be reshuffled after last year’s starting tackles graduated. Whether he plays center or guard, Stefen Wisniewski is being counted on to lead a unit that must quickly adjust to protecting a new starting quarterback and avert a potentially disastrous trip to national champion Alabama in the second game of the season.

The big hole on defense will be at linebacker, where mainstays Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman and Josh Hull must be replaced after going to the NFL. Penn State has lots of young, highly rated players waiting to step in, so the question is whether Paterno will pick the right combination.

Three starters are back in the secondary.

Perhaps the most noticeable absence early on will be at defensive tackle, where 6-foot-5 Jared Odrick is gone. It will be up to Devon Still, a promising junior, to fill Odrick’s spot on a line led by two returnees in tackle Ollie Ogbu and end Jack Crawford.

The question marks on both sides of the ball and special teams have most picking at least a three-loss season given a schedule that includes games at Alabama, Iowa and Ohio State.

“A lot of people say this is going to be our down year and we’re young, but we’re not going to accept that,” Still said. “We’re going to go out there and prove everybody wrong.” (read the entire AP preview of Penn State’s football team below.)