OK, we'll ask the tough question. Has Penn State intentionally softened the nonconference schedule to help Joe Paterno in his fight to the finish with Bobby Bowden for most victories by a Division I-A coach? A few years ago, teams such as USC, Nebraska and Miami could be found on the schedule. No more. In 2009, it's arguably the easiest nonleague schedule in I-A with Akron, Syracuse, Temple and Eastern Illinois (I-AA) visiting Beaver Stadium. With eight home games, Penn State fans are bullish on this team, but let's throw up some warning signs. Just nine starters return and the members of the offensive line have only 39 career starts. After rattling off nine wins in a row to start 2008, the Nittany Lions lost two of their last four. And when last spotted, Penn State trailed USC, 31-7, at halftime of the Rose Bowl. Thanks to Penn State Clips!