Sure, Clemson and Florida State should be a fantastic showdown, and it's nice to see Florida State back on top in the college football world. But the resurgence of another university should be getting the glory in Week 4.
That's right, Notre Dame is back—and no, this isn't Lou Holtz writing this article.
In fact, it's someone who hates the preseason hype that surrounds Notre Dame every season, but even I have to admit that this team is impressive.
What Notre Dame did to Michigan State should be commended, and of all media outlets, you mean to tell me ESPN isn't going to give them the acknowledgement the Irish deserve? What has this world come to?
Notre Dame is finally relevant again, and yet, its big showdown against Michigan is getting the shaft for Clemson vs. Florida State.
In case you missed Notre Dame's 2012 resurgence, the Fighting Irish are 3-0 and defeated Michigan State 20-3 last Saturday. But like Alabama's 21-0 beatdown against LSU in last year's BCS National Championship Game, this game was not as close as the score might insinuate.
Michigan State was 5-for-17 on third-down conversions and totaled 237 yards. More impressively, the Fighting Irish kept Le'Veon Bell in check and held the Spartans to 50 yards rushing on 25 attempts.
That's grown-men football right there.
But if Notre Dame is this good, shouldn't it just wipe the floor with Michigan like Alabama did? That possibility is always there, but Michigan should learn from the Alabama game and make adjustments accordingly.
Let's cut to the chase--Denard Robinson's best asset is his legs. His rushing ability is what separates him from the rest of the quarterbacks in the country, but given the fact that Notre Dame's front seven is so good against the run, the Wolverines will have to find another way to beat Notre Dame.
Thus, Robinson will have to be efficient in throwing the football. It's time for Robinson to back up the hype that surrounds him by throwing the ball accurately down the field and stopping Notre Dame from loading the box.
That's compelling as a football fan, and that's really what this sport is all about—maximizing your strengths and minimizing your weaknesses to put your team in the best position to win the game. But can Michigan stop Notre Dame's rushing game?
After all, Air Force rushed for 290 yards against what was supposed to be one of the better defenses in college football. Again, it's all about growth and making adjustments as a football team, and Brady Hoke is good enough to come up with a scheme to contain Cierre Wood for the most part.
But that's just the X's and O's aspect to the game. Does anybody remember what happened last season between these two teams?
One of the best comebacks of the year took place in the Big House at night when Robinson led the Wolverines back to score four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and win 35-31.
These are two of college football's most storied programs, and when they meet at night on NBC, it's going to be an encounter that every college football enthusiast will have their eyes on.
But hey, NBC isn't an ESPN network, is it?
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