Notre Dame’s brilliant 12-0 SU regular season last year was fueled by the Fighting Irish defense, which allowed just 10.3 points per game, the lowest total in all of college football. The defense looked sharp in Notre Dame’s season opening 28-6 win against the Temple Owls. But we’ll really get a chance to see what the unit is made of this week against the dangerous Michigan Wolverines attack.
Michigan also started its season with a soft opponent last Saturday, demolishing Central Michigan 59-9 to easily cover the 31.5-point spread in its tune-up game. Michigan scored at will in this one, racking up eight touchdowns through the first three quarters before eventually pulling back in the fourth. Starting quarterback Devin Gardner looked good on his feet with seven carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, but threw for just one touchdown while throwing two interceptions in the contest.
Both of these teams have some big question marks, and we won’t have more answers until this game is in the books. While QB Tommy Rees was sharp in the win over Temple, he’s known to be mistake-prone. Could the same be said about Gardner? How will Notre Dame’s defense, without Manti Te’o, look against a tough Michigan offense? Considering how close these teams look on paper and the fact that 18 of the last 28 games in this series have been decided by a touchdown or less, we’ll take the points with Notre Dame.
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