Penn State's game at Wisconsin on Saturday will end one season and begin another.
Coach Bill O'Brien's focus is usually squarely on the upcoming game, but his overall outlook about the Nittany Lions' trip to Madison to face the 14th-ranked Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) has widened.
"The reason why we're focused on Wisconsin has a little bit to do with the future," O'Brien said. "We have another chance to send these seniors out on a winning note, and that's really important, but it's also a chance for our younger players who are coming back next year to go out there against a very good football team and play well.
"It's an important football game and we're focused on that, but I feel really good about where the program's at."
Penn State (6-5, 3-4) cannot go to a bowl game, but that will again give time for O'Brien to focus on recruiting, like last offseason.