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Jordan Kovacs had a terrific game against Western Michigan.
The stakes are high for both teams.
If Notre Dame loses, its BCS hopes are more than likely crushed. If Michigan loses, it's one less quality win that might boost its confidence and rankings. Plus, it could then go on a winning streak going into a tough Big Ten.
The Irish are switching quarterbacks from Dayne Crist to Tommy Rees after Crist was injured against USF last week.
I have to wonder: If the Irish let B.J. Daniels throw for 128 yards and touchdown, and rush for 37 yards, how they will handle Denard Robinson?
For the Wolverines, the key will be playing defense. Greg Mattison and Brady Hoke had the defense improved, except on that first drive where they let Western Michigan's Alex Carder go 8 for 8.
Jordan Kovacs had 10 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup, Jake Ryan tipped a pass for Brandon Herron's interception, and then Herron's fumble return gave the Wolverines momentum to stop Western Michigan.
However, the Irish are bit better on offense. Rees comes in for quarterback, and Michael Floyd will present a big receiving target for the Wolverines to deal with.
Denard Robinson, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michael Shaw and Vincent Smith rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns. That was only for three quarters, so it makes you wonder how many they can rush for in a full game.
Robinson threw for another 98 yards.
That is Michigan football. Pounding the ball, and playing hard-nosed defense.