If James Franklin is overrated then so is cheesecake, Bora Bora, Babe Ruth, Caddyshack and the first Saturday morning kicking off a three-week vacation.
Yet, a recent CBS Sports survey of 25 anonymous coaches found Penn State’s Franklin to be the most overrated coach in college football.
One said “his coaching peers know he’s full of it.”
Thankfully, another anonymous poll of sane people found the study CBS conducted THE most overrated survey since “Study shows sugar may lead to diabetes.”
Ok, let’s move on from this silliness.
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Franklin won at Vanderbilt, which hasn’t won much before, or since, since he left.
Franklin is 36-17 since taking over a Penn State program still semi-reeling from Jerry Sandusky. The fact Penn State didn’t sink into scandal abyss is a credit to Bill O’Brien and Franklin, in that order.
Penn State may (MAY) be a tad overrated at No. 6 in this poll considering the Nits are moving on without stud-back Saquon Barkley and several other key contributors to last year’s 11-2 team that defeated Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Penn State reserves this spot because of program trust and faith Franklin has built since his arrival. The Nittany Lions are here because Franklin has stacked up three straight top recruiting classes and gets to built that all around senior quarterback Trace McSorely.
The problem with ranking any team from the Big Ten East is that a very good team is likely going to finish fourth in the division. The good news for Penn State is that it is going to open 4-0 after games against Appalachian State, Pitt, Kent State and Illinois before getting Ohio State and Michigan in back-to-back games in Happy Valley.
“We’ve got a good-looking football team,” Franklin said at Penn State media day.
That’s all I need to hear but, ok, I’ll hear one more thing.
“We are just in a good place.”
A 6-0 start would put the Nits in the thick of playoff race with only one really dangerous out-of-town scoreboard: at Michigan on Nov. 3.
Penn State didn’t crumble, miraculously, it’s actually back on bed rock.
You know what's overrated?