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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Ever since walking off the field in Pasadena 242 days ago, the Iowa Hawkeyes have been waiting for this Saturday.

“We definitely have a huge chip on our shoulder the way last season ended," said senior defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, "Those two losses kind of affected us in a way.”

“We can use last year as fuel and motivation," agreed C.J. Beathard, back for his second full year under center, "We've done just that all off season long.”

Now the off season is over, and the new season begins on Saturday as the swarm takes the field against Miami of Ohio. The Hawkeyes enter the game as a 27 point favorite against a Redhawk team that won just three games last year, but they aren't taking this game lightly.

"Since I've been here we've already lost to two MAC schools," recalled senior defensive back Greg Mabin, "We've just got that in the back of our minds. We're going to go out there to win, not hold anything back, and we're just going to go out there and give it our best shot.”

Their best shot seems to be a theme echoed throughout the building. Going in to week one several Hawkeyes mentioned it doesn't matter who's on the opposite sideline. All they really need to do is focus on themselves

“It comes down to us just playing our football," said Beathard, "It doesn't matter who the opponent is. It happens to be Miami of Ohio this week. It's just a matter of us executing and playing our best football.”

“Over the course of twelve games, if you do that consistently, you've got a chance," echoed Kirk Ferentz, "If you don't, you run the risk of not having a good outcome.”

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