Iowa has high expectations and an easy game lined up for Saturday, with Ball State on the agenda. But they'll need to break in some fresh faces at receiver and linebacker. Andy Hamilton of The Iowa Press-Citizen writes on the Hawkeyes freshman class that will be called upon in the opener.
Michigan had one its most disappointing seasons in recent memory last year. Part of it was due to nagging injuries to Michael Hart. But the halfback is back and hungry for a fresh season.
The Wolverines first big test won't come until they face Notre Dame on the 16th. But the Fighting Irish will have to be ready from the get-go, facing a Georgia Tech program that won in Miami last year. Charlie Weis tells The South Bend Tribune a little bit about what it's like to prepare for the opener, with a year's experience under his belt.