It all comes down to this. After a summer of conditioning and preparation, the football team opens its 2010 season against the Missouri State Bears in Springfield, Mo., Thursday.

This is the first time these teams will meet.

Dean Hood, in his third season as head coach of the Colonels, has his team fresh off an enthusiastic spring camp and chomping at the bit.

Last year, the Colonels dropped its opener, on the road, to Big Ten opponent Indiana.

After a disappointing end to a successful start of the 2009 campaign, the Colonels look to make amends for their 5-6 record last season and once again make it to postseason play.