Three keys vs. Penn State 

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
10:28
AM ET
Big Ten season has finally arrived and while Michigan might say it is looking forward to it, everything becomes a lot more difficult. Yes, the Wolverines have played some difficult early season games (Duke and Memphis in Maui along with Virginia, Iowa State and Oakland), but the Big Ten is the nation's best league this season.

And it might not be close.

So this is what Michigan enters tonight against Penn State, a team it swept last season and one expected to finish toward the bottom of the league. It makes games like these, against a bottom-tier team at home, become more critical for the Wolverines to win. How will Michigan do that?
Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown
Kirk Herbstreit looks at the five big rivalry games of the week that not only give state bragging rights but also have direct implications on the College Football Playoff.
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