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Published: Saturday, 8/30/2014 - Updated: 1 month ago

College football preview capsules 8-30

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No. 5 Ohio State at Navy

Where: Baltimore

Time: Noon

Records (2013): OSU 12-2; Navy 9-4

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 106.5

Series: OSU leads 4-0

Favorite: OSU by 16½

Notes: Navy returns 15 starters from a nine-win team, including junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who set the major college record for rushing touchdowns by a QB with 31 last season. ... J.T. Barrett is set to become the first freshman quarterback since Art Schlichter in 1978 to start a season opener for Ohio State. ... The Buckeyes have won 33 of their past 35 openers, though both of the losses came at a neutral site — the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium. They fell 16-10 to Alabama in a top-10 showdown in 1986 and 23-12 to Miami in 1999. ... Navy is searching for its first win against a ranked opponent since 2009 and its first over a top-5 team since stunning second-ranked South Carolina in Annapolis in 1984. ... In 12 seasons as a head coach, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is perfect in season openers and 47-4 in games played in August and September.

Appalachian State at Michigan

Time: Noon

Records (2013): ASU 4-8; UM 7-6

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 100.7 FM

Series: ASU leads 1-0

Favorite: Michigan by 34½

Notes: Michigan’s depth chart includes two freshmen who will start — Jabrill Peppers at nickelback and Mason Cole at left tackle — and nine players who are either sophomores or redshirt sophomores who have the chance to start. Michigan has 10 fourth or fifth-year seniors on its roster this season, including quarterback Devin Gardner (208 for 345 passing for 2,960 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 INTs in 2013). … Michigan returns 16 starters (nine defense, seven offense) from last season. … UM’s Devin Funchess moves from tight end to wide receiver and caught 49 passes for 748 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. … Michigan will be without offensive lineman Graham Glasgow (suspension), tight end Jake Butt (ACL surgery), safety Delano Hill (broken jaw), and wide receiver Drake Harris (hamstring) for today’s season opener. ... Right guard Kyle Kalis missed two weeks of preseason camp with a back injury yet is expected to be ready for today’s season opener. … Appalachian State’s Marcus Cox ran for 1,250 yards and 21 touchdowns as a true freshman at the FCS level in 2013. … The Mountaineers had 3,261 passing yards in 2013 and return quarterback Kameron Bryant, who started in eight games and was 237 for 333 passing for 2,713 yards, 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions. … The Mountaineers are in the first year as an FBS program. The Mountaineers become bowl-eligible in 2015. … Michigan is 110-21-3 all-time in season openers and 111-18-2 in home openers.

RELATED: BGSU dropped its opener Friday night at Western Kentucky

New Hampshire at Toledo

Time: 7 p.m.

Records 2013: UNH 10-5; UT 7-5

Radio: 1370

Series: UT leads 4-0

Favorite: No line

Notes: Cornerback Cameron Cole, who figured to step in at No. 1 cornerback in the absence of Cheatham Norrils, was not listed on this week’s two-deep depth chart. Cole injured his ankle during camp, but coach Matt Campbell said Cole should play today. … UT has not lost to an FCS team since before all of its current players were born. The last time Toledo failed to beat an FCS opponent was in 1988, when the Rockets lost to McNeese State 46-19. … Phillip Ely is scheduled to start at quarterback for Toledo. The redshirt junior transferred from Alabama in 2012 and will make his first start since playing in the Florida 5-A state championship game as a high school senior in 2010. …The Glass Bowl’s new video board will debut today. It was completed just this week. ... The Rockets have lost seven of their past eight season openers. The only win in that span came in 2011 against New Hampshire.



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