Michigan vs. Notre Dame: 4 Key Matchups to Watch for

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame: 4 Key Matchups to Watch for
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Michigan and Notre Dame, two of college football's most storied programs and fiercest rivals, are suiting up for a huge clash on Saturday.

The two programs will meet at Notre Dame Stadium with early-season prestige and bragging rights on the line.

Both programs have started well. Notre Dame has started 3-0 for the first time since 2002, with wins over Navy (a 50-10 blowout), Purdue (squeaked by with a 20-17 win) and Michigan State (solid 20-3 win).

Michigan suffered an early setback, getting blown out by Alabama in the first game of the season. However, the Wolverines have jumped back, getting wins over Air Force and UMass.

In their last meeting, the Irish allowed 28 fourth-quarter points to Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. Michigan made a furious rally from a 24-7 deficit to win 35-31.

The game is going to be fast and furious in light of the history involved, and besides the obvious impact that key players are going to have (Robinson and Everett Golson), let's take a look at some key matchups that could decide the game.  

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