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Five Things Michigan Must Improve In Order To Beat Notre Dame in South Bend

Hail, hail!  Rich Rodriguez, Denard Robinson and the rest of the Wolverines opened the season with an impressive win over the UConn Huskies.  Big Blue finally started to resemble the type of team that many of us believe RR will be able to deliver.  However, that was last week, and what appears to be a much improved Notre Dame team is waiting for Michigan in South Bend.

Although UConn was no cupcake, the Irish have better athletes across the board.  The athleticism and talent level at Michigan and ND is on a similar level.  The Wolverines will have to play an excellent ball game in order to pick up the program’s first signature road win under RichRod. 

It’s hard to believe, but the last time Michigan won a road game was Nov. 8, 2008.  That game was against a Minnesota team in the midst of a five-game losing streak to end the season.  Pulling out a big win in one of the most mystical rivalries in all of sports will be no small feat in front of 80,000 Irish fanatics in South Bend.

None other than the legendary Bo Schembechler used to say a team improves the most between the first and second games of the season.  This needs to hold true for the Wolverines if they expect to go across state lines and beat their biggest non-conference rival, the hated Notre Dame Fighting Irish. 

In my opinion, there are five key issues that will determine the winner of this game.  Check out the slide show to see what Michigan will have to do to pull of the win in South Bend.

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