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Allen Lessels' UNH Notebook: Gridders will visit Toledo to open next year
The Chippewas need to worry about the Wolverines before they can set their sights on the Wildcats.
Central Michigan steps up to the Big Ten to take on Michigan, in the Big House in Ann Arbor with its 100,000-plus capacity, on Saturday to begin the season.
They have also played Kent State, Ball State and Toledo out of the MAC.
The trend will continue.
Word came out of the University of Toledo last week that the Rockets and Wildcats have agreed to meet again to kick off the 2014 season.
The Wildcats lost at Toledo, 58-22, in the first game of the 2011 season.
After losing to Central Michigan, UNH won five straight games against FBS schools — Rutgers, Northwestern, Marshall, Army and Ball State. The Wildcats have lost their last three FBS games, to Pittsburgh, Toledo and Minnesota.
"Offensively, you can just go up and down and look at our skill positions from receivers to running back and we still have a tossup at quarterback," said junior wide receiver R.J. Harris. "If we can make a few less turnovers and hold onto the ball, a couple less penalties. . . . It's the entire offense. If we do the little things well, that's what coach Mac always says, do the little things well. Alignments. Assignments. If we do that well, there's no telling where we can go with this offense."
The changes were made after junior Robbie Zauck, who was playing well in a three-person mix at defensive end, was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury early last week.
The women's soccer team got things going at the University of Vermont in the TD Bank Classic over the weekend and the football team must wait another week.
But the bulk of the school's teams kick things off next weekend.
The men's soccer team, picked to finish fifth in America East, competes in a tournament at Bradley University. The Wildcats play Bradley on Friday and Evansville on Sunday.
The volleyball team, picked fourth in America East, is at Lehigh for a tournament. The Wildcats play Lehigh on Friday and Rhode Island and St. Peter's on Saturday.
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