The Forcier is with Michigan

Russ HartleyContributor ISeptember 13, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 and Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez give high-fives as they leave the field after beating Notre Dame 38-34 at Michigan Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

Oh, how the tables have turned. The Michigan Wolverines have beaten the recently No. 18 Notre Dame Fightin' Irish and things are looking up in Ann Arbor. Questions have been answered, and by a freshman? Tate Forcier threw over 280 yards, ran for 70 yards (rush TD) and threw for two passing TD's as well.

The 3-9 season has faded from the thoughts of Michigan fans, and I haven't heard anyone protesting to fire Rich Rodriguez. As of right now, all things are good, are normal in Michigan.

Except for East Lansing, the hyped Spartans took on Central Michigan Saturday at home. The Chippewas upset Sparty and won 29-27. I have heard the excitement about this year's team and the predictions of a BCS bowl.

Really? MSU just lost to a MAC team and looked terrible. In State's defense, everything went right for CMU. A missed two-point conversion for the interstate CMU team and the game was over, or was it? They recovered an onside kick and took the ball down to set up for the game winning field goal.

This was after they missed the first one (MSU was offsides), and Spartans fans couldn't believe it, well believe it. What do you expect from a team that lost RB Javon Ringer and starting QB Bryan Hoyer. They were young and they looked it.

Of course, a BCS game is still possible, but after the game Saturday, all MSU needs to be focused on is making a bowl game. Oh yea, and they have a pissed off Notre Dame team next week, and it's in South Bend.

In Ann Arbor, I personally experienced the best Michigan game I have ever attended. The Wolverines were up 11 in the fourth quarter and in a flash, were down 31-34. With under three minutes to go, Notre Dame decided to pass the ball. Not a short completion to waste time, but deep passes that stopped the clock!

I am still waiting for Notre Dame and their coaching staff to explain this strategy. Forcier and the rest of the offense got the ball back and hit WR Mathews for a big gain. Tate Forcier scrambled and threw a game-winning TD pass to WR Savoy, but he dropped it.

The Irish went wild and there was time for one more chance at a touchdown. Forcier found Greg Mathews in the end zone for the official game-winning score to give the Wolverines a 38-34 win over rival Notre Dame.

This was a huge win for the boys in blue. They could definitely fall and fade from the top, but as of right now, everyone is smiling in Michigan (except MSU fans). Rich Rodriguez couldn't have been happier with the outcome, and now everyone is believing in him and his system.

Freshman Forcier is on the top of the world and can only get better. The Wolverines have Eastern Michigan and Indiana next. If they don't overlook those games the Michigan Wolverines could be looking at 4-0 going to East Lansing.

What a turnaround. I don't think it is safe to say Michigan is back. It is safe to say, however, that this is a much, much improved team, and are Forcier to be reckoned with.