Michigan's non-conference schedule this year isn't especially hard. After thrashing Hawaii at the Big House last weekend, Central Florida visits on Saturday, coming off an 0-12 season. The Knights beat South Carolina State 38-0 in their first game of the new year, but staying close to the Wolverines will be a pretty grueling task for first-year coach Scott Frost.
Michigan didn't make its starting quarterback clear until moments before the Hawaii opener, and the team didn't make a depth chart available at the start of this week. But Wilton Speight was 10 of 13 for three touchdowns against the Rainbow Warriors, and he's a good bet to see more action against UCF. Shane Morris and John O'Korn showed up off the bench last week, and the chances are good that Jim Harbaugh will have enough of a cushion to experiment again this week.
UCF still isn't so far removed from a 2013 season Fiesta Bowl win, but the Knights have fallen on hard times. Frost, the former Oregon offensive coordinator, might well bring them back. But it's unlikely he's done it in time for the Knights to be a serious match for Harbaugh's Michigan this week.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: Noon ET, ABC. The broadcasters are Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Todd McShay (sideline).
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Michigan opened as a 34.5-point favorite.
Three big things to watch
1. How will Harbaugh manage his quarterbacks? Michigan's coach is pretty cagey about these things. Speight seems like the guy, but Morris and O'Korn especially were dubbed starting candidates before Speight got the nod last week. Michigan should have the luxury of doing whatever it wants, so how Harbaugh allocates snaps may (or may not) be telling. We'll have to see how he does it.
2. Can UCF find some competitiveness? The Knights didn't win a game last year, obviously, but they were particularly outclassed against great teams (a shocker, right?). Houston beat them 59-10, and Stanford beat then 31-7. Just staying in a game against a team like Michigan for longer than a a few drives could be a real momentum booster.
3. Who totes the ball for Michigan? The Wolverines went with a ball-carrier-by-committee approach against Hawaii. Four players had at least six carries, and none had more than nine. We might not learn much about Harbaugh's preferences until Big Ten games roll around, but it'll be worthwhile to see if Harbaugh keeps rolling that deep. (Eleven Wolverines had at least one rushing attempt against Hawaii.)