Notre Dame-Michigan: It's Finally Here!

Peter WhiteContributor ISeptember 12, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Rich Rodriguez claps after a second quarter field goal against the Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan Wolverines on September 5, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Well after a long week of school, work etc., it's finally here: the weekend!

hat means Michigan and Notre Dame will go head to head tommorow at the Big House. Here are the three keys to the game for Michigan:

Good Quarterback Play

Last week, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson combined for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Tate looked like a senior out there, he seemed poised and mature. But that was against Western Michigan, which was weak on defense.

In comes Notre Dame which shut out Nevada last week which was one of the top offenses in the country last year.

Now I know what your thinking, it was Nevada that Notre Dame beat and that means nothing.

So the Notre Dame defense is very tough and will look to provide pressure on Tate Forcier, but I think he will handle it well. Now I wouldn't  be surprised to see a turnover or two from the freshmen quaterbacks. If they can minimize their mistakes and execute the offense then it will be a good day for the Michigan offense.

Can the Secondary Contain Jimmy Clausen?

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The Michigan defense played very well for basically the whole game last week and they held up against one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, Tim Hiller.

They only allowed 36 rushing yards, but tommorow will be the big test as they go up against Jimmy Clausen who has been on fire the past two games dating back to the bowl game. He has completed over 80 percent of his passes for 700+ yards and nine tocuhdowns and no interceptions.

Michigan's defensive line was applying constant pressure to Tim Hiller last week and I expect them to do the same to Clausen. Remember Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson was the Head Coach at Syracuse that upset Notre Dame last year. So if any defense can stop Notre Dame this year, its Michigan.

Overall, How Will Michigan Fare?

Well, with the way the Michigan offense looked last week I give them every reason to upset Notre Dame. Now this will be a close game and there will be a few turnovers created. I believe this game will come down to which offense will execute to perfection.

Final Score: Michigan 34-21 over Notre Dame