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There are few rivalries in college football as rich with tradition as Michigan-Notre Dame.
Michigan is closing in on 900 wins, the most of any college football program of all time, with Notre Dame not far behind. The two schools are Nos. 1 and 2 in win percentage (Michigan at .736 and Notre Dame at .731 after the 2011 season) and share an intertwined football history—it was a group of students from Michigan that first taught a group of students from Notre Dame the game.
The game carries major implication for both programs, as Notre Dame looks to secure a top-10 spot in the polls after coming in at No. 13 since knocking off then-No. 9 Michigan State last week.
So what are the Fighting Irish's chances to improve to 4-0?
Pretty good, at least when it comes to the team's injuries—or lack thereof.
All of Notre Dame's usual starters should be ready for action Saturday in South Bend when the Michigan Wolverines come calling.
Michigan's injury report, on the other hand, is a little weightier and contains names such as Richard Ash, Brennen Beyer, Desmond Morgan, Stephen Hopkins and Brandon Moore.
Okay, so not all of these guys are big-time contributors under the best of circumstances, but against a team like Notre Dame, Michigan is going to need contributions in depth at every position to knock off the Fighting Irish at home.
Morgan is easily the biggest loss for the Wolverines. The sophomore linebacker already has 15 tackles (and 1.5 TFL) this season but did not play against Massachusetts with an undisclosed head injury.
Michigan's linebackers will be put under serious pressure on Saturday, and Morgan's absence could be a signal to the Notre Dame coaches to attack the middle of Michigan's defense early and often.