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Iowa Football: 10 Things Watch for in the Hawkeyes' Opener vs. Tennessee Tech

On Sept. 3, Iowa will kick off the 2011 season against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Something to know about Tennessee Tech: They are not good for an FCS team. They have had two winning seasons in the last 10 years. In 2009, they were 6-5, and in 2001 they were 7-3.

In short, they are not Northern Iowa nor Montana—two recent Iowa FCS foes and two consistently competitive FCS squads.

In effect, there should be no doubt about the conclusion of this game. If Iowa loses or has to keep the starters in beyond the third quarter, then there might be major problems with this Hawkeyes team.

Las Vegas currently has the Hawks giving away 40 points. Frankly, I would take that bet. Iowa rarely wins games by 40 points.

Still, it is safe to assume Iowa will win, and this will be a blowout.

There are still some things one can take from this game. In fact, with all of the new faces in Iowa's lineup, there are tons of things to look for.

The following slideshow will focus on 10 of them.

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