Coming off of a College Football Playoff berth and a ton of offseason drama surrounding Jim Harbaugh, Michigan opens a new season on Saturday as heavy favorites against Colorado State.
Michigan is bringing back a ton of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, but has a ton to replace on defense.
The Wolverines are projected to finish behind Ohio State in the Big Ten East, so their season will likely come down to that final game.
Michigan needs to start things off right and figure out its quarterback controversy in the first two weeks of the season.
Colorado State begins a new era under Jay Norvell, who comes over from Nevada. Norvell brought a lot of his players with him from Nevada, but this will be a rebuild in Fort Collins.
It’s a complete change on offense for the Rams, as they will move from Steve Addazio, who ran the ball 56% of the time
Norvell and Mumme also brought redshirt freshman Clay Millen over from Nevada to be their starting quarterback. Millen backed up Carson Strong last season, so he knows the system.
Mumme loves to play fast and Nevada ranked 23rd in plays per minute last season.
The problem for Colorado State is it has a completely new offensive line — most of which arrived via the transfer portal.
So it’s going to take some time for them to gel, which means the quick passing game is going to be on full display Saturday.
Colorado State loses its entire defensive line and both starting cornerbacks from last season.