Unless Michigan QB Devin Gardner throws 5 intercepts or fumbles 5 times Notre Dame will lose this game. Last year Denard Robinson coughed it up 5 or 6 times and ND still barely won.
Notre Dame, take away one 45 yard run, simply could not run the ball against Temple and only scored 1 TD against Temple in the 2nd half. Third down production was horrible and all this is just the offensive side of the ball. I think the Michigan defense is maybe just a tad better than Temple.
Now the Notre Dame defense. What defense – 8 starters back from last year and Temple gets 300+ yds. What I saw last week was not only discouraging but downright scary considering the schedule we have.
The DL simply did not play and the ILB’s were awful – this makes no sense at all considering both Fox and Calabrese have been playing regularly for 4 years. We can only hope that Grace emerges big time.
Temple’s QB in his very first start ran all over the place and if even a few of his passes were caught that game would have been closer – take that with the missed FG’s and ND maybe only wins by 7.
I’m still not sold on Bob Diaco and his philosophy on defense – you just can’t let a team dink and dunk it’s way between the 20′s and expect to win the big games. Michigan has the players to take a dink for a TD, plus they have an excellent FG kicker. They also have a massive OL with a top 5 pick in LT Lewan.
Unless ND comes out in uptempo fast offense like the old Kelly teams I just can’t see them even in this game. I originally thought Michigan by 3 to 7, but after last week they win by at least 14.
Michigan 34 Notre Dame 20