Penn State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Illinois

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Penn State Football: 5 Keys to the Game vs. Illinois
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Finally, it's Big Ten football.

Penn State heads into Memorial Stadium to take on the Fighting Illini in their first conference game of the season, coming off two solid wins against Navy and Temple.

This is where coach Bill O'Brien and his staff will begin to prove just how stable this team is after all the off-field problems of the past year. It's a bit of a statement game for the Nittany Lions, who have been trying to prove that they are still strong despite losing stars like Silas Redd and dropping seemingly easy games in the early going.

Illinois comes into this game at 2-2 as well, but have been torched defensively of late. Each team is still trying to unify, and this game should go a long way towards that goal.

So, what does Penn State need to do to head back to Happy Valley 1-0 in conference play? Take a look.

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