Ranking Penn State's 2013 opponents

It’s Rankings Week at NittanyNation. Through Thursday, we’ll rank some aspect touching on PSU heading into the 2013 season. Today we're ranking each opponent on Penn State's schedule, from the most difficult test to the easiest.

Ranking the schedule

1. At Ohio State (Oct. 26). The Buckeyes last suffered a loss when Bill O'Brien was still coaching the New England Patriots. Plus, Braxton Miller returns. Does there really have to be another reason? Ohio State is the team to beat in the Big Ten this season and, by extension, the hardest test that PSU will face.

2. Michigan (Oct. 12). Sure, Denard Robinson is gone. And, sure, the tailback situation remains in flux. But calculate in Michigan's X-factor, Devin Gardner, and the Wolverines' chances multiply here. The defense should be stout, with the linebackers and cornerbacks as the strengths. Michigan remains a great team.