This post is for those of you out there that are really worried about the ND game after watching every play of the UConn game in slo-mo HD and coming to the conclusion that our defense played horribly. (Personally I think they played very well, all things considered, but I won't try to convince you.)
First of all, try to realize that although a W this weekend could propel us to an excellent season, a loss is not reason to panic, freak out, or give up on the season.
Looking at our schedule, I knew we needed to win at least 1 of these first 2 games. That's why I was so nervous for UConn, because if we lost that one there would be a huge amount of pressure on the ND game.
Now of course I want to beat the hell out of ND this weekend. It would likely lead us to a 5-0 start with MSU and Iowa coming into Ann Arbor after that.
But if we lose this game, we are still alright. We will still be heavily favored to beat UMass, BGSU, and Indiana. And the key stretch of the season will be MSU, Iowa, and @PSU.
Win 1(!) of those 3, and that puts us at 5 wins with Illinois and Purdue still on the schedule. 7 wins will still be very attainable.
Obviously, I don't want it to be so close that we cannot afford to lose to any inferior teams because we all know how that can go. BUT with an X-factor like Denard, I think Michigan beats the teams they are supposed to beat this season.
Basically, I am writing this post because based on some of the comments I have seen from Michigan fans the past few days, I have a feeling that there will be a big freak out next week if we aren't able to get the road win.
Let's keep everything in perspective and realize that the season will not be won or lost this Saturday in South Bend.
With that being said, I hope we stomp them into the ground.