When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET
Last meeting: Devin Gardner tallied 376 yards of sum offense and accounted for all 5 of 17th-ranked Michigan’s touchdowns in a 41-30 home win over No. 14 Notre Dame final September. It was a Wolverines’ sixth win in a final 8 meetings with a Fighting Irish.
What to watch for
Who ever suspicion this Midwest adversary would ever end? Sadly, though, this is a final scheduled assembly between a teams due partly to Notre Dame’s newest scheduling commitments as partial of a school’s acknowledgment to a ACC in all sports solely football. With during slightest 4 ACC opponents on a line-up any year, some normal foes had to be dropped, and that enclosed a Wolverines.
The articulate heads will spend a lot of time reminiscing about past matchups, though this final one should be as good as any if both teams are means to play as good as they did in their openers.
Michigan denounced a new offense underneath coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one that facilities converted parsimonious finish Devin Funchess as a far-reaching receiver, and it paid off in a outrageous way. Funchess held 3 touchdown passes from Devin Gardner, and with so most courtesy put on that tandem, it authorised Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith to mix for 285 yards and 3 TDs on a ground.
“There are earnest signs that manager Brady Hoke competence have found a tailback multiple that is going to give Michigan a arrange of energy rushing diversion that was a tack underneath Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr,” a Associated Press’ Dave Hogg (h/t Yahoo Sports) wrote after a 52-14 win over Appalachian State.
Notre Dame also looked like a group of old, interjection to a lapse of quarterback Everett Golson after a season-long educational suspension. Golson was some-more a diversion manager when he piloted a Fighting Irish into a BCS pretension diversion after a 2012 season, though now with some-more knowledge and maturity, a offense has been built around him.
Golson threw for 295 yards and dual touchdowns and also scored 3 rushing touchdowns in a 48-17 win over Rice. Running backs Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel added 169 yards on a ground, with QB Malik Zaire chipping in another 58 yards on dual attempts.
Last year’s diversion was a second-highest indicate sum in a series’ history. With a adversary expected to go out with a bang, design even some-more points, though also demeanour for Michigan to take one on a road.
Prediction: Michigan 40, Notre Dame 35
Final: Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0