Friday, November 9, 2012
Big Ten: Who will transform tomorrow?
By Brian Bennett
Each Friday during the season, we'll be taking a look at a Big Ten player to watch when the games kick off Saturday.
This week's selection: Penn State QB Matt McGloin
Saturday assignment: at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Penn State's senior quarterback is having a tremendous season, better than anyone could have predicted. McGloin has thrown for more than 2,400 yards with 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions, with three 300-yard games under his belt.
The one thing he hasn't done is lead his team to a signature victory. Against Ohio State, McGloin threw for 327 yards but also tossed a very costly pick-six that helped lead to the 35-23 defeat at home.
Now McGloin takes the Nittany Lions into Lincoln, where Nebraska traditionally plays much better on defense. The Cornhuskers also usually fare much better against pocket passers like him than they do versus dual-threat signal-callers. Still, McGloin will have a chance to make some big plays with receivers like Allen Robinson and the improving Brandon Moseby-Felder, plus his deep array of tight ends. Nebraska has often played from behind this year, so it will be important for McGloin not to make mistakes and fuel the home team's momentum if Penn State can grab an early lead.
If McGloin can get the passing game clicking and put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard early and often, he and Penn State can shake up the entire outlook of the Big Ten title chase.