Notre Dame vs. Michigan Football: Keys to the Game and Prediction

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Notre Dame vs. Michigan Football: Keys to the Game and Prediction

As Fergie would say, "Turn up the lights in here baby, extra bright I want y'all to see this."

Now, usually, she isn't the ideal person to draw a college football quote from, but it just fits too well for the night game that fans will see Saturday night in Ann Arbor.

Even without the lighting banks that will stand over the Big House for the first time in U of M's history, the college football world has plenty of reason to be hyped about this game. Despite both teams playing in their second game of the year, this contest can either make or break their seasons.

If Notre Dame leaves Ann Arbor with a victory, it will be back on track after a rough loss to South Florida. If the Fighting Irish do go down, it means they are sitting on an 0-2 record with much doubt in the air.

On the flip side, Michigan can put the pedal to the metal by beating a respectable opponent to advance to 2-0 on the year. If Michigan turns off the lights with a loss, the team could face doubt in the media and within its fan base by falling to a team it has beaten in four out of the last five meetings.

Both teams will look sleek in their retro Adidas jerseys, but they can look even sweeter if they execute these three keys to victory.

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