On Saturday,The 1-1 Michigan Wolverines storm into South Bend to take on the 1-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what is one of the best rivalries in college football today.
In the last two meetings, Michigan walked away with two clobberings. In 2006, Chad Henne lead his team to a 47-21 victory over the #2 ranked Irish with their star quarterback Brady Quinn. Then after losing to Appalachian State and Oregon in their first two games of the season the Wolverines were looking for a team to take their frustration out on and they sure did as Notre Dame walked into the "Big House" and took a beatdown by an intense Michigan offense and lost the game 38-0.
This year it doesn't look like its going to get any better for the Irish as they had a hard time beating San Diego State last week who was just coming off a loss to Cal Poly Tech. On the other hand Michigan had their hands full as Miami of Ohio came to town. Steven Threet started his first game and gave his team a 16-6 win over the Redhawks.
Notre Dame will have to take advantage of Michigan's weak defense and try to throw the ball in the air, if they play conservative like Miami did against Florida don't be surprised if we see another outcome like last year. However, Michigan still needs to adjust to Rich Rodriguez's spread offense as well as improving their defense. Keep in mind that this will be Steven Threet's first loud crowd in his college career, and its going to be very exciting seeing this player adapt to the big game type crowds.
I think Rich Rodriguez is ready to win his first big game as the coach of the Wolverines and I'm taking the Wolverines to win this game 28-10, and if Notre Dame does win it will be an upset in my eyes because there is no reason for Michigan to lose this game unless they come out unprepared like they did against App.St and we all know that won’t happen again.