As I am writing this, it is July 5.
Iowa's first game of the 2011 season is 59 days away. On September 3, they will reopen the doors of Kinnick Stadium to play the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference (FCS).
The game should be a blowout, as Tennessee Tech is not even good by FCS standards.
Still, Hawkeye fans will be able to tell a lot by how things shake out on the depth chart.
Kirk Ferentz has alluded to this season being similar to 2008, and I agree with him. In 2008, Ricky Stanzi, Pat Angerer and Tyler Sash were not the starters at the beginning of the season.
Sash became the starter in the second week, Angerer in the third week, and Stanzi wasn't the unquestioned No. 1 man until the Big Ten season opened.
This year, I think there will be a lot of the same sort of depth chart movement, particularly on the defense.
Thus, the players that are No. 1 or 2 against Tennessee Tech will not necessarily be on top against Iowa State.
Nevertheless, the following is my best guess as to how the two, and in some cases, three-deep will look on September 3.