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It is hard to underestimate how big of a game Notre Dame-Michigan is this week. It is so big that Michigan made it the first-ever night game in the Big House. It is so big that it might be on ESPN and ABC. It is so big that both coaches might have heart attacks on the sidelines during the game.
But most importantly, this game is so big for Notre Dame that with a loss they could be completely out of the BCS hunt. I think that it is tough to see the Irish getting a BCS bid even if they finish 10-2 because of the team's recent bowl results and the number of quality teams that are contending to get into the BCS.
With all of this being said, I do think Brian Kelly might have lost his team last week. After every turnover Kelly's yelling made his players scared to death of committing another turnover and this resulted in the team turning the ball over again. If the team plays "not to lose" offensively in Ann Arbor, the new-look Michigan defense could cause just as many turnovers as South Florida.
I also think that the speed of Denard Robinson is going to give Notre Dame problems (Notre Dame did not have to face anywhere near this much skill position talent last week), and that Michigan should be able to run and pass the ball very well. I believe the Wolverines beat the Irish in a very close and very important game.
Michigan 34, Notre Dame 31