The departures of numerous coaches and players at Penn State are concerning, but also promote a bit of optimism moving forward into 2016.
Now would be the perfect time for Christian Hackenberg to go ham out on the football field.
Christian Hackenberg has struggled under offensive coordinator John Donovan. However, his dismissal shouldn't have any effect on the junior quarterback's upcoming decision about his future.
Michigan State is one game away from making the Big 10 championship game.
This game doesn't have as much meaning as other Big 10 showdowns, but it is still a must-watch.
James Franklin's clock management problems against Northwestern are naturally bringing a lot of criticism, but demands for his dismissal are ridiculous.
The Nittany Lions and Illini are about as evenly matched up front as two teams can be, and that battle could ultimately decide the weekend's matchup.
It's a lackluster weekend for the conference, but Penn State and Illinois present many intriguing playmakers in the Big Ten's top matchup.
Penn State has won a lot of ugly games this season, but they're bowl eligible once again following a win over Maryland.
Maryland has struggled and will be playing under a new coach this weekend, but special teams could help the Terps in their upset bid against Penn State.