Matt McGloin must perform – Quarterback play didn’t matter as much last season because of Silas Redd and because of a ridiculously good defense. That’s not the case anymore. The offense is beyond depleted and needs a leader. Plus, Bill O’Brien’s offense puts so much trust and responsibility on the quarterback. If McGloin plays like a fifth-year senior hellbent on performing Penn State’s offense might not be a liability. If he doesn’t Penn State is in trouble.
The secondary must gel quickly – It’s been said all along, that the secondary is weak, so much so that Stephon Morris said the secondary often reads the media reports to get pumped up. But the truth is the secondary is at the very least inexperienced. It could be the best secondary in the country for all we know. Probably not, but nobody knows. Going against quarterback Tyler Tettleton, the secondary will be pushed, and it has to be ready to fight back.
Penn State can’t get carried away – I don’t believe too much in rah-rah, intangible stuff regarding sports. The best teams usually win because they have hard-working, intelligent, talented players not because of attitude or anything like that. But Penn State does need to stay calm in this game. They have been waiting for this for really long and so has the community. If Penn State gets carried away in emotion, the team could come out flat.