The week that every college football fan looks forward to is finally here. A slate of games that could make-or-break a team’s chances of making the inaugural College Football Playoff.
With heavy hitters galore this week, perhaps none bigger, in terms of tradition and stature, than the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Now both of these teams are not even being considered for a national championship at this moment, and each team has a lot of question marks, but it is so heavily anticipated that it is worth the build-up.
This will be the last time that the two schools will meet, which should make this game a glorified one in it’s own right. The bells and whistles have been added and now all that is left is the kickoff.
Saturday September 6th, 2013
7:30 pm EST
At Notre Dame
(South Bend, Indiana)
What To Expect:
Atmosphere is the first thing that comes to mind. A 7:30 pm kickoff means the crowd will be energized— probably because they would have had one too many— and the teams should feed off that. Devin Gardner had one of his best games versus Notre Dame last season, and is poised to do the same with the help of standout wide receiver Devin Funchess. Michigan’s defense was impressive against an inferior opponent, so look for the Wolverines to try answer some more questions against the sixteenth ranked team in the country.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Everett Golson is back under center for Notre Dame, and is undefeated as a starting quarterback in college. Michigan’s defense hasn’t been tested since their bowl game against Kansas State, so this will prove what team has improved more to this point.
Players To Watch:
Wide Receiver Devin Funchess Funchess had a career day against Appalachian State and will look to capitalize on mismatches again.
Quarterback Devin Gardner Gardner was the best player on the field in their last meeting, and he has a chance to do it again. His connection with Funchess will work wonders in this game, so look for that Saturday night.
Quarterback Everett Golson
Golson wasn’t on the active roster last season for the Irish, so it may be challenging for the Wolverines to adjust to his style of play. Tommy Rees was the quarterback last season and was nowhere near the athlete Golson is, so this is an interesting, upgraded matchup.
Michigan has enough fire power on offense to stay in a game, and with the recent suspensions for the Irish, I don’t see Notre Dame winning. Both teams will be playing their first real game of the season, and I think the Wolverines pull it off.