IOWA CITY -- Jake Rudock has a plan for his collegiate debut Saturday.

"I want to come out and play football," said the sophomore who will take his first snap in a college game as the starting quarterback for Iowa.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

"Ever since high school, I've been working to get a shot in college and hopefully this is just the beginning," Rudock said this afternoon before the Hawkeyes began their final week of preparation for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. season opener against Northern Illinois.

Rudock said he is comfortable with the collection of skill players around him and coach Kirk Ferentz is comfortable with the winner of a three-way battle for the starting assignment.

"All three of the returning guys improved during camp which is what we were hoping to see," Ferentz said. "They all progressed at different stages, but Jake we felt was the most consistent."

Ferentz called Saturday's game the "ultimate test" for Rudock, who quarterbacked St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to a 15-0 record as a prep senior.

Redshirt freshman C.J.Beathard is being prepared to enter the game as the No. 2 quarterback, although he shares the second line in the depth chart with junior college transfer Cody Sokol.

"I'll be ready if needed and while I'm there to support Jake in any way I can, I'll continue to work and push him the best I can."

Ferentz said Iowa made it through fall camp in good physical condition and enters this week with no significant injuries.