ERIC OLSON,AP Sports Writer

Even though Michigan is yet to play its spring game and its opener is almost five months away, safety Jordan Kovacs can’t help but let his mind wander to the Sept. 1 game against defending national champion Alabama.

Kovacs said Tuesday that the game against the Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Texas will let the Wolverines know right away how they stack up against the best after going 11-2 last season.

Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell also has an eye on his team’s opener. He’ll make his first career start against a Boise State team that finished No. 8 last season.

Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Northwestern play spring games Saturday. Minnesota’s spring game is on April 21 and Michigan State’s on April 28.

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