Notre Dame Football: Good Feelings Will End for Irish in Loss to Michigan

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish talks to quarterback Everett Golson #5 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium Stadium on September 15, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Notre Dame won the game 20-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Here's the good news, Notre Dame fans—I predicted your team would lose to Michigan State, so by predicting a loss to Michigan, I'm probably ensuring a win for the Fighting Irish.

Here's the bad news—since the loss to Alabama, Denard Robinson has accounted for 823 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns.

Uh oh.

A year ago, Robinson accounted for 446 yards from scrimmage and all five touchdowns in Michigan's 35-31 win over Notre Dame. This may be an improved Irish defense this year—they held Le'Veon Bell to 77 yards on 19 carries last week and held Michigan State to a lone field goal—but they'll have their hands full with Robinson.

Led by star linebacker Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame front seven is more than capable of slowing down the Michigan running game. But Robinson presents a major threat as a thrower, as Notre Dame fans will recall from his epic fourth quarter last year. 

And while he played poorly against Alabama, he's looked far better as a passer in the past two games.

Now, this isn't just a "Why Denard Robinson is super special and will totally beat Notre Dame by himself" article. I have other concerns for Notre Dame beyond Shoelace.

For one, this game has "letdown" written all over it. A week after going to East Lansing and not only pulling off the upset, but looking dominant in doing so, and you have to recover emotionally and face Michigan?

That's a tough task for any team.

Plus, I simply don't trust Everett Golson. Sorry. He's a first-year starter, and the mistakes will come. Yes, he was solid against Michigan State and didn't turn the ball over, but how much longer do you think that trend will continue? 

Sure, if Michigan can't stop the Notre Dame running attack or Robinson turns the ball over, there is no reason why Notre Dame can't win. But something is telling me that Notre Dame's excitement from a week ago is going to quickly diminish when Michigan comes around.

Blame Denard Robinson. It will be his fault, not mine.


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