Michigan-Notre Dame Preview and Prediction

Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIISeptember 9, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 21: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 21, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 21-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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It's Week 2 of the college football season, and we have another great Midwest matchup for you this week.

It's the Michigan Wolverines going head-to-head with the their rival Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Both teams are coming off a win in their respective season openers. Michigan is coming in on a 30-10 victory over UCONN. Notre Dame is coming off a 23-13 victory over Purdue.

Both teams came into Week 1 not knowing what to expect, but nothing can take away the confidence after a solid victory, but there are still some looming questions for both teams that still beckon to be answered.

Michigan, to me, looked strong against UCONN. Their running game was sensational, amassing a whopping 287 total yards, 197 of those yards coming from their quarterback Denard Robinson.

That number is defiantly a jaw-dropper. Add to that a solid passing and defensive game, Michigan was one of the biggest surprises of Week 1.

Coming into Notre Dame, Michigan has to establish their running game because Robinson is not known for his passing game.

Without the running game clicking, the Wolverines could find themselves in some hot water and potentially leaving South Bend with a loss.

Notre Dame on the other hand used more of a balanced offense against Purdue, and that could be the reason why I wasn't too impressed with their offense last week.

Notre Dame's offense this year just doesn't seem to have that same glamour that last year's offense had. It doesn't seem to click, and that's mainly why I am skeptical about Notre Dame coming into Week 2.

The defense is improved from last year, but that doesn't make them amazing, but they won't have to be against Michigan.

Limit the effectiveness and explosiveness of Michigan's run game, and there's less doubt that Notre Dame can come out with of Week 2's game with a W.

It's another great rivalry match early on in the season. I really like the potential in both teams, but I believe Michigan is the better team coming into Week 2.

That's why I am picking the Wolverines to beat Notre Dame 27-14.