Michigan Football: Newfound Confidence Will Lead Wolverines to Win at Notre Dame

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a 31-25 win over the Air Force Falcons with his teammates at Michigan Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Michigan's destruction of UMass on Saturday has given the Wolverines newfound confidence that was shattered during their season-opening blowout loss to Alabama. 

Brady Hoke's squad has now won two in a row, most recently winning by 50 points at home.

The Wolverines have hit their stride on both sides of the ball, and are now ready to upend the surprising Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend this coming weekend.

Offensively, Notre Dame will be severely over-matched in Week 4. 

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, whose Heisman Trophy candidacy took a major hit on opening night versus Alabama, has rallied over the last two games. He has racked up eight total touchdowns, nearly 500 passing yards and well over 300 rushing yards over the past two weeks. 

In last year's win over Notre Dame in Ann Arbor, Robinson accounted for nearly 450 total yards and five touchdowns.

There's no reason why the senior signal-caller can't and won't do it again this coming Saturday.

Granted, the Irish have only allowed 10 points per game through the season's first three weeks, and they have yet to play an offense as potent and explosive as Michigan's.

With running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and wide receiver Devin Gardner making plays alongside and for Robinson, the Wolverines are virtually unstoppable on offense.

Michigan has the edge psychologically as well, having won three straight over the Fighting Irish with each win coming by exactly four points. The Wolverines have Notre Dame's number in the Denard Robinson era and will be favored to run their streak to four straight wins over their Midwest rival.

Michigan has a renewed sense of confidence after ripping off two consecutive wins, and will put that energy and belief to use in South Bend in Week 4.

Not long ago Hoke's team was considered by many to be the No. 8 team in America. Michigan will prove there was a reason for that on the road against Notre Dame.


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