Saquon Barkley is the centerpiece of a Penn State team that hopes to take the final step toward a College Football Playoff berth in 2017. 9:30 AM ET There was possibly no greater tease to the 2017 season than the Rose Bowl’s fantastic finish, which left fans begging for more after USC’s last-second, 52-49 win over No. 5 Penn State — a game that featured two of the hottest teams in the country that were locked out of the College Football Playoff. The question now is if they can pick up where they left off. “[Penn State is] a really good team,” USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin said, “they’re going to be back next year.” Quarterbacks such as Sam Darnold, Jalen Hurts and whoever replaces Deshaun Watson and new high-profile coordinators at LSU, Alabama and Ohio State will define this year’s CFP race. USC should be, too. “Having been in…
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