This is what college football is all about. Two schools separated by 177 miles. Two bitter rivals who are written in the very fabric of college football itself. Notre Dame versus Michigan has played each other since the 1880s. So they have built up a rivalry.
Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Notre Dame and Michigan both are ranked in the top 25. Notre Dame is ranked eight, and Michigan is ranked 19th in the polls. The Irish still have a lot to play for even after their six-point loss to Georgia. However, Michigan with a blowout loss to Wisconsin and in addition to losing to Penn State last weekend in Happy Valley. Furthermore, Notre Dame needs to keep building up their resume
Notre Dame’s offense with Ian Book under center can be explosive. First impressions of Ian Book is the 14 touchdowns to 2 interceptions for 1,419 yards. In hostile environments that may cause Ian Book to panic, he needs to relax. Let the game come to him and get in a rhythm. This can be accomplished by letting the run game open up the Notre Dame offense.
The horses need to run
The running game needs to get going. Because when that gets going, the passing game could shred Michigan’s defense.
Notre Dame senior running back Tony Jones Jr. enters the game with three straight 100-yard performances and four this season. He is averaging nearly seven yards a carry, ranking among the nation’s best___thescore.com
The two-headed monster needs to be fed for the Irish to win this game. Tony Jones Jr needs a big game. Jafar Armstrong, who returned to the field has been limited thus far needs to see some action so the Irish offense can get in gear.
The Defense should have a field day with Michigan. As long as the offense can own the time of possession, the defensive front seven, which has been dominant at times, needs to get to the quarterback.
The wolverines need this win if they want to make the top ten in the polls. It will be a tough hill to climb because there offense is average at best. Going up against the stout Notre Dame defense, they should give Michigan troubles. According to thescore.com, “Michigan has lost eight straight games against top-10 teams, dating back to a win over Wisconsin three years ago, and is 1-10 in four-plus seasons under Harbaugh.”
Vegas has the line at Notre Dame -1.5vand the over-under 49.5. I’m taking the Irish in this one in a close game. I think the Irish can put up points on this Michigan defense. Mainly they are going to rely on the run game, and Tony Jones Jr will run for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Also, Ian Book will throw for 250 yards 2 touchdowns. Furthermore, the Irish defense comes through and gets the stops needed to pull out this victory at the Big House 28-24.