Notre Dame-Michigan: Five Key Battles to Watch for Irish Against Wolverines

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Notre Dame-Michigan: Five Key Battles to Watch for Irish Against Wolverines
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The Irish and Wolverines are set for a showdown in Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday.

For the third time in four years, each team enters the contest unranked, though that won't mean the venom between these two rivals will be any less than if they were both in the top 10.

On one side is Notre Dame, still riding the honeymoon wave of good feeling from the dawn of the Brian Kelly era. On the other side is Michigan, whose honeymoon period with Rich Rodriguez ended about a half hour into his opening season.

An Irish victory could help propel them to a great season and signal the beginning of the end for Rodriguez's tenure in Ann Arbor. A victory for the Wolverines may mean that they've turned a corner and are poised to bounce back from the pair of disastrous seasons in '08 and '09.

Today we break down the five key battles that will go a long way in determining who comes out on top.

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