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New Versus Old. Michigan Versus Notre Dame

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez enters the stadium with his team prior to playing the Western Michigan Broncos on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Ross WenkContributor ISeptember 10, 2009

It certainly appears that Rich Rod has pulled it off.

After a single rebuilding season, the new foundations of Michigan Football have been laid and they are solid.

The majority of the systemic problems in the program have been corrected. I could say more than that and comment on last week's game, but if you are a Michigan fan, you saw the domination and its had your head swirling all week in anticipation.

Yes, we've all been pinching ourselves.

Many have been trying to minimize the performance because it just seemed too good to be true but WMU is a good football team. Michigan's performance stands.

Now that great victory has moved into the past. On to the future. Our very bright future.

Let's see who do we play this weekend? Oh yes, that team from Southbend.

There are always so many angles to this game. The history of the series going back almost to the very beginning of the game of football.

Michigan teaching the game to Notre Dame. The early conflict and bad blood between Yost and Rockne. The hiatus of the series. The resumption after roughly 40 years. The fight songs, the stadia, the close games, the blow outs...

Forget all of that.  What we have here is Old vs. New.

In the winged helmets you have "new".

A retooled program with ultra modern scientific conditioning techniques. An innovative and creative offense. An attacking defense. Lean power and speed.

In the gold helmets you have the old guard.

An overweight offensive line. A drop-back passer dependent on the long ball. A program on an island that thinks it exists outside of the rest of college football.

Oddly, this is about as close as you could come to having Rich Rod's Michigan square off against a Lloyd Carr team. I have seen the results from the wrong side too many times in the Carr era.

There can be but one result.

Michigan will dominate.

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