Notre Dame Football: Irish Can Still Beat Michigan Despite South Florida Loss
Outside of the turnovers and special teams’ play, Notre Dame looked impressive on Saturday.
Their opponent next week, the Michigan Wolverines, did not despite winning their shortened game 34-10 against Western Michigan.
The defense looked better, forcing three turnovers and slowing down an underrated Bronco passing attack.
But 14 of their points came off of turnovers returned for touchdowns and Western Michigan nearly matched Michigan’s offensive output.
Perhaps more important was how pedestrian the Wolverine’s offense was. Denard Robinson was efficient but not nearly as explosive as he was in 2010. Roy Roundtree was a non-factor with two catches for 13 yards.
Sure, the running game was impressive, averaging 7.3 yards per carry but that is more attributed to Western Michigan’s defense than anything else.
Notre Dame’s defense played valiantly throughout the game and surrendered only 16 points to a South Florida team that benefited from great field position all game.
And the Irish's offense did put up over 500 yards of offense and could have easily scored 21 more points if they had converted in the red zone rather than turn the ball over.
The Big House should be electric in its first night game but in spite of Notre Dame’s loss and Michigan’s win, the Irish should be the favorites to win this week two matchup.
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