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New coach James Franklin, center, will show off his Nittany Lions squad in an early season game in Ireland. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
New coach James Franklin, center, will show off his Nittany Lions squad in an early season game in Ireland. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

Date: Aug. 30
Location: Dublin, Ireland

It is a long way to travel to make your debut, but that is exactly what new Penn State coach James Franklin will have to do.

UCF stunned a lot of people last season with a BCS run, but it will lose key players like QB Blake Bortles.That does not make the team any less of a threat.

Franklin is making an impact in recruiting. He flipped several players near signing day and already is loading up for next year. Now he needs to show why he was brought to Happy Valley on the field. He was able to elevate Vanderbilt in the SEC, and he will try to bring Penn State back to Top 10 prominence.

The game against UCF will go a long way in showing where this roster is. UCF will test the Nittany Lions and force them into a fight. It may be exactly what both teams need in the season opener.