Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Complete Game Preview

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Complete Game Preview
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Can Brady Hoke coach his Michigan Wolverines to a victory over high-powered Notre Dame on Saturday?

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may have been overlooked by college followers entering the 2012 season.

However, the Irish's dominant performance in their 20-3 victory over the then-10th-ranked Michigan State Spartans should have silenced a few naysayers. Notre Dame is on the uptick, and its sophomore quarterback, Everett Golson, can be effective throwing and running the ball.

The 11th-ranked Irish (3-0) feature a solid trio of running backs in Cierre Wood, Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III, which will help alleviate pressure for Golson, who completed 14-of-32 pass attempts and tallied 178 yards this past Saturday against the Spartans.

The 18th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) trounced UMass 63-13 this past Saturday and saw superstar senior quarterback Denard Robinson hop over Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh on Michigan's career-passer list.

Robinson hooked up with nine different receivers, and eight Wolverines scored in Michigan's strongest offensive showing of the season.

Michigan travels to South Bend, Ind. this Saturday, looking to flex its offensive muscle and test the strength of Notre Dame's defense, which held Michigan State to 237 yards over the weekend.

Irish coach Brian Kelly called the victory a "signature win," but can Notre Dame sign on the dotted line when the Maize and Blue come to town?

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