If the 2017 season keeps trending upward in Happy Valley, odds are Franklin and Penn State brass will be back at the negotiating table this winter. Following the festivities, attendees can then catch all the action from Columbus on the Levitt screen as the now No. 3-ranked Nittany Lions take on the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes.
Responding to reports that Texas A&M could be interested in Penn State HC James Franklin, Penn State and Franklin announced that they remain committed to each other. He's led a resurgence over the last two years, winning the Big Ten championship last season and now has the Lions ranked No. 3 after a 6-0 start. Does James Franklin have a compelling reason to leave what he's built at Penn State to join the second-biggest college program in Texas? Sumlin hasn't exactly been treated with much dignity on what many think is his way out of College Station, despite a 48-23 overall record (23-20 in SEC play). In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth an average of $5.8 million per year that runs through the 2022 season. On the surface, it's hard to make a convincing argument for Franklin to take the A&M job. Perhaps that's the main thing we can glean from this report, which, to be clear, does not even say Texas A&M *will* go after Franklin.