The Associated Press
Hawaii (0-1) at No. 7 Michigan (10-3 last season) , Noon (ESPN)
Line: Michigan by 40.
Series Record: Michigan leads 2-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Wolverines have high hopes in their second season under Jim Harbaugh with their best preseason ranking since being No. 5 in 2007. The Rainbows have nothing to lose and everything to gain in a second straight game 4,000-plus miles from campus.
Hawaii’s running game vs. Michigan’s defensive line. The Rainbows will have to run the ball a lot and well to stay competitive. They ran for 248 yards last week against Cal with four ball carriers averaging 5-plus yards per carry. That won’t be easy to do against a deep and talented front, which includes highly touted freshman Rashan Gary. Michigan has six players with starting experience on its defensive line.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Hawaii: RB Diocemy Saint Juste. The redshirt junior started for the first time in his career last week. He had a 53-yard TD to help Hawaii pull into a 14-all tie late in the first half against Cal. Saint Juste finished with 14 carries for a career-high 118 yards.
Michigan: QB Wilton Speight. The redshirt sophomore is expected to start, beating out Houston transfer John O’Korn. Speight played in seven games last year and threw a game-winning TD at Minnesota after Jake Rudock was injured.
FACTS & FIGURES
Both coaches played quarterback for the schools they’re leading. … The Rainbows opened the season in Australia, losing 51-31 to Cal, in Nick Rolovich’s debut as their coach. … The Wolverines start the season with five straight home games and eight overall. … Hawaii was 0-8 in the Mountain West last season and 3-10 overall. … Michael Jordan will be Michigan’s honorary captain because the Wolverines are first college or pro football team to wear Brand Jordan. … The Rainbows will fly about 20,000 miles round trip, putting them in airplanes for about 40 hours, for their first two games.
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