Michigan Wolverines On Path Of Redemption, Prepare For Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Matthew WilderContributor ISeptember 6, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines watches warmups before the game with the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Michigan Wolverines did the unthinkable on Saturday. They were projected to win, but winning by 20 points was not exactly the performance I thought Michigan would have. Michigan defeated the Connecticut Huskies 30-10.

Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez has been on the hot seat ever since he started coaching in Ann Arbor. Losing seasons and no progress against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes have put Rodriguez in a very daunting situation. This has to be the year Michigan has a winning season, defeats Ohio State, and wins a bowl game. If Michigan fails to deliver on at least two of these goals, Rodriguez might as well call up West Virginia and start coaching there again. Alright, that's not likely to happen. However, this season is feast or famine. It is desperation time up North and Michigan must deliver because a coaching change is looming.

Starting out with a bang will certainly help Rodriguez's cause. He is not safe from job termination just yet, but if Michigan defeats Notre Dame on Saturday, Rodriguez will have ammunition to use in case he has to defend his job security. It is time that Rodriguez and the Wolverines come through. They have a great chance to win since they have momentum on their side. An upset could be looming.

Prediction? Alright, here it goes. Michigan wins a stunner in overtime 31-24. With the win, Rodriguez will be one step closer to keeping his job.