ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- Matt Gutierrez will make his first start as Michigan's quarterback when the seventh-ranked Wolverines open their 2004 campaign against Mid-American Conference power Miami of Ohio on Saturday at "The Big House."
Gutierrez, a redshirt sophomore who never lost a game in high school with California powerhouse De La Salle, takes over for oft-criticized signal-caller John Navarre, who set numerous school records and led the Wolverines to the Big Ten Conference title and a Rose Bowl berth in 2003.
The Wolverines also have to replace Doak Walker Award-winning running back Chris Perry, with slimmed-down senior David Underwood likely to start. But the Wolverines boast a powerful offensive line and arguably the best receiving corps in the nation in Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, Steve Breaston and Carl Tabb.
Michigan's defense may be its quickest in years and is highlighted by a big, strong secondary that includes hard-hitting safety Ernest Shazor and Marlin Jackson, a lockdown corner who played safety last year to help the team's needs.
The RedHawks (1-0) opened their season with a 49-0 dismantling of Division I-AA Indiana State on Saturday that extended their school-record and national-best winning streak to 14 games. They have not lost since a 21-3 setback to another Big Ten team, Iowa, in last season's opener.
Making his first start in place of Ben Roethlisberger, junior Josh Betts passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
In their first game under new co-defensive coordinators Brian George and Joe Palcic, the RedHawks limited Indiana State to just 204 yards.
Michigan never has lost to a MAC team and is 3-0 all time against the RedHawks, posting a 31-13 triumph here in 2001.