On Saturday, September 10th, at 8:00 pm ET, the No. 16 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Michigan Wolverines. This is the game of the week because it is an intense rivalry, and it is guaranteed to be a good game.
After suffering a loss to the South Florida Bulls (USF), the Irish look to rebound and prove that they deserve the No. 16 rank. The Irish have some very important games coming up and will want wins against Michigan, Michigan St. and Pittsburgh. Notre Dame is going to have to shut down Michigan's offense in the first half. Against USF, the Irish gave up 16 points and were left scoreless at half, this cannot happen against Michigan. The Irish must score early and often.
On the opposite end, Michigan is coming off a win against the Western Michigan Broncos. They will be playing the Irish at home, which is a huge advantage for the Wolverines. The key to the game for them is stopping the Irish early; if they can shut down the Irish early, this game is their's to win as they look to find themselves on the AP poll.
My prediction for this game is Michigan. Michigan is always a tough opponent, and the fact that they are playing Notre Dame will only make them play harder. After their Week 1 performance, Notre Dame does not have me convinced that they have what it takes to be a No. 16 ranked team.