After watching both games, here is what I think. Michigan's strength will obvioulsy be their defense. While ND showed flashes of ball control and maintained decent drives, they played a very below average defensive team. I see ND using alot of inside running with slants and screens. Once in a while they went for the deep ball. I like Michigan's front vs ND's OL still. ND will be a better team than last year, but that is had NOT to do.
With all the hype about Tenuta and mega blitzes, color me unimpressed with ND's defense. They were a goal line fumble away from being beaten by SDSU. How well will Michigan's offense handle the blitzes? Do they have a QB in Threet or Sheridan to stand in the pocket and throw at the direction of the blitz? I would like to see more inside runs by Michigan tailbacks, but that may be asking too much given the state of the OL. It would be nice to see the tightends get some pass attempts, they have been mostly ignored so far.
I have an uneasy feeling about the ND game. I think Michigan can pull it off, it just may be a little dicey. It looks like they have the conditioning to take it to them all four quarters. I'd love to see the defense pitch a shutout and the offense score 30+ points.