Practice continues with two weeks almost complete in the football camps at both Michigan and Michigan State. The daily updates talk about numerous players who look good and are contending for playing time. Scrimmages held Saturday in both East Lansing and Ann Arbor likely will go a long way toward determining the depth charts for the opening games. Michigan State hosts Western Michigan on August 30th and Michigan hosts Central Michigan the following day.
Those are games the home teams should win handily and I'll bet a lot of players get to show their stuff in real competition. Michigan has 61 of its 85 scholarship players in either their first or second year in the program according to Coach Brady Hoke, so they'll have to mature quickly since the second game is at home against Notre Dame. The Spartans have cream puff games against South Florida and Youngstown State before heading to Notre Dame so they get three "exhibition" games to see who gives them the best chance to win against the Irish.
They both crave depth. And they want it developed as much as possible on both sides of the ball. Whoever finds the most depth generally speaking may end up having the best season coming up.