Notre Dame roared back onto the field in the opening minutes of their season opener against the Temple Owls. The Irish came up early and maintained a comfortable lead throughout their 28-6 victory.
While the Tommy Rees-DaVaris Daniels combo impressed in the air—prompting the Twitter hashtag #TouchdownReesus—it was USC transfer Amir Carlisle who shined on the ground. The 5'10", 190-pound rusher led the Irish backs with 68 yards on seven carries.
Although it was widely assumed that George Atkinson III would be the Irish's primary weapon on the ground, it was Carlisle who shined against Temple.
Next week the Fighting Irish will meet the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor for the last game of what has been a prolific rivalry. The teams' last four meetings have been decided by seven points or less, so expect the competition to be fierce in The Big House this Saturday.
With series bragging rights and both teams' AP ranking on the line, expect this to be a defining game for Notre Dame's 2013 season.
Here are three ways head coach Brian Kelly can use Carlisle in their battle with Michigan.