Michigan 38 Notre Dame 24
Game starts slowly then picks up towards the end of the second quarter. We manage to kick a field goal!
Denard 180 yards rushing and breaks two long TD runs,
Denard will lead us in rushing today. I agree with you there. I have Michigan 31 Notre dame 28.
Michigan wins by unanimous decision...or by TKO in the 6th round
I think Hoke's staff will be like Carr's and be a strong second half team. I think we'll go in down at half, but put a different defensive gameplan together to rally back in the second half.
Michigan wins 31-27
Safest prediction of the day? Erin Andrews will be the hotest chick in the stadium.
How do you know Mrs. Kass won't be there?
Toussaint will score twice,
The Irish will rally late,
but M wins by 1.
I'm also looking for M in a squeaker. This year Gibbons actually wins us a game on a late field goal. Also, if the field gets soggy I like Fitz or Hopkins to get down in that mud and get us some offense, as that same soggy field that slows down Michael Floyd slows down Denard.
23-21 with shoelace running it in from the 44 to win it, so it must be right...
seriously though, MEEECHIGAN 34 notre dame 28
You do realize that Michigan Stadium has fieldturf and there will be no mud, right?
Totally forgot that. Or maybe I should say blocked it out of my mind. There is something wrong with artificial turf in the Big Ten. Leave that stuff to the Pac 10 or SEC, we play real football . . .
I guess my prediction changes a little. Instead of mud slowing down Floyd, we let a live wolverine into the vistors' locker room. That'll settle his hash . . .
Michigan 33 notre dame 30
The Irish are better than what they showed last week, but so is Michigan. If this game were in South Bend, I would take ND, but it's in Ann Arbor, so I'll take Michigan 28-17.
UM 32 ND 30. These games are always close, but ND is still smarting from USF. Floyd should have a big game, but Denard is still trouble for an ND defense that is designed to stop more classic Big-10 offenses than the one UM trots out. I actually think Roundtree and Hemingway will have big games, bigger than Denard, as ND's backfield looks mediocre and (I suspect) that ND will pull a safety into the box to slow down UM's running game. That will leave the receivers with a sparse defensive backfield to run past.
31-28. I agree with the guy above. We got 1 for 2 in field goals
I'm going with Desmond's sons' prediction: Michigan.
That was so adorable.
30- 24 Michigan, Blue , VICTORS!
With Martin banged up, we don't get any consistent pressure with our DL. With Troy banged up, we can't control Floyd. With Fitz banged up, we'll have to rely on a far-from-durable Shaw. With inexperienced and/or inconsistent kickers, we'll have trouble in the kicking game.
Plus we're swimming against history... since the rivalry renewed in '78, we've never won three in a row against ND.
And most critically, the ND players are petrified that Brian Kelly's head will actually explode Scanners-style if they don't play well. They don't want to get brain all over themselves.
To be fair, with Crist's soul banged up, ND has to rely on redshirt sophomore Rees to play against a defense actually trying to stop him. And I didn't think Martin was as hurt as originally suspected - I mean, he's banged up, but not like the high-ankle sprain he had last year. Could be wrong.
Is it really official with Martin being injured? I havent heard anything official.
I didn't think they were banged up.
Although, I agree that it will be difficult for UM to take three in a row from ND, with all the circumstances surrounding the game.
Hoke said yesterday in the Karsch (spelling?) interview that Fitz was a little nicked up. I've seen a couple of people on the blog say that Martin is banged up (I'm guessing that Don is going on what Brian said yesterday), but no one has ever provided a link or even a statement that they know a guy who knows a guy.
Correct. IIRC, Brian was basing that on something Hoke said in a presser. Who knows how truly banged up Martin, Troy, or Fitz really are, but if any one of them is, it sucks. We need our best players on D to be healthy, and we need an explosive RB who can get tough yards inside to take some of the heat off of Denard.
Hoke didn't say anything about Martin yesterday, but I guess we'll find out tonight. Agree w/ you re: needing everyone healthy. I also agree with your general take on the game. I hope we're wrong, needless to say.
got anything positive to say?
31-27 Michigan. Go Blue!
...howevea,the good guys win 28-24.
ND 35, Michigan 28.
Hate to say it, but I see 31-17 ND Ouch.
Michigan 34 Notre Dame 24. Michigan will play like dogs today.
We're gonna stop and eat our own poop?
PS: UM 28 ND 27
45-21 Michigan We have 750 yards of offense with 450 rushing.
as long as Michigan has more points up on both the HD scoreboards than ND does at the end of the night.
JUST WIN BABY
i try not to be a homer, but i really cannot see Michigan losing this game! First night game, a crazy crowd, the adrenaline's gonna be pumpin' in our guys! I feel like our defensive line will look much better early in the game and be more consistent, and the cooler weather will allow less substitution along the line. (ie: Brennan Beyer) The key to the game is rattling Rees/Crist early and often, which will hinder Floyd from taking over the game. It's close though, Denard feeds off the crowd in the fourth quarter, and leads a game-winning drive. Michigan 27, Notre Dame 24.
Anyone know where I can find a decent quality stream of the game?
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ND: 45 - Michigan: 24
Michgain struggled to stop WMU's offense and often looked confused. ND's offense uses similar concepts to WMU's but employs them with much better players. ND put up 500 yards on USF, and I think that USF's defense is better than Michigan's (or at least more suited to play ND).
Michigan will try a power running game against ND only to find that ND pushes back a lot harder than WMU does. Michigan will have to resort to passing the ball in obvious situations, and Denard is not ready to lead the team on third and long plays.
Michigan will give up long kick returns. ND will not have a similar chink in its special teams armor.
God do I hope i'm wrong, but i'm still not sold that our defense can stop anyone.
So my Prediction is drunkenness
says Michigan wins 23-21 with Denard breaking off a 44 yd run to win the game, so that must be right...
Seriously though, MEEECHIGAN 34 notre dame 28
Notre Dame 31. Michigan 20.....unfortunately. This is under the assumption ND will force Denard to beat them with his arm.
35-31 M...ND gets the ball with less than 3 minutes to go and drives down the field but and then rees chucks up one for floyd in the red zone....and woolfolk comes down with it to seal the win
You expecting him to catch it between his teeth or something?
Was I right or was I right? (about the score)
Notre Dame 30
Lottery numbers 34 23 21 13 5 3
Also, you might want to have the chicken. The fish smells a little funny.