Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Unknown Players Who Will Decide the Game

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Unknown Players Who Will Decide the Game
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When the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take the field Saturday night, there will be more than just a win on the line; there will be vengeance.

These bitter rivals look to continue a rivalry that has been deemed one-sided as of late. Going into the game, Michigan will look to continue their winning streak against the Irish, having won the last four battles.

Notre Dame? They seek redemption. And while everyone knows the Denard Robinsons and Manti Te'os of the world, it will be up to the "unknown" players to provide the proper push to sway the game in their respective teams' favor.

While Michigan's season hasn't been what they expected (having a no-show performance against Alabama in the first week of the season), they have righted the ship and look to pick up their third straight win. A win against the No. 11 team in the country will also keep them teetering on the border of BCS Championship contention, something they've sought for over a decade.

Notre Dame entered the season with a litany of question marks. Who would start at quarterback? Would coach Brian Kelly utilize a platoon? How are they going to overcome the inexperience at defensive back? All of those questions dissipated as the Irish went on to win three in a row.

But how did they do it?

Production from unknown commodities. Each team has been pleasantly surprised by these players and will continue to do so as this crucial game creeps close and closer.

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