As is his custom, Penn State coach James Franklin is treating this season opener against Appalachian State like the Super Bowl. Of course, the legend of Appalachian State is highlighted by its 34-32 upset at Michigan in the 2007 season opener when the Mountaineers were still an FCS school. But they're not afraid of any team; they will be playing a nationally ranked opponent for the fourth consecutive year.
The Nittany Lions enter this game with quite a few questions about themselves, but an equally large question is how well they can cope with the speed of App State. Franklin said senior running back Jalin Moore, the reigning Sun Belt player of the year, has run the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. The Mountaineers' defense is equally swift, and their secondary has intercepted 56 passes in the last three years, second in the nation over that period.