Michigan Vs Notre Dame: Arch Rivals Clash at Night for First Time at Big House

By Doug Ross

College Gameday, night game, lights, Notre Dame, Michigan, Big House, ABC.  What more do you need?  Tomorrow night marks the first time in Michigan history that they will play a game under the lights in Ann Arbor, and all eyes will be on it.

Michigan faces one of their arch rivals, Notre Dame in a game that will serve as a springboard for both teams.  If Michigan wins, they will further their case to become a national power once again.  They would be 2-0 under a new regime that is clamoring for greatness.  Brady Hoke is a rock star already, but if Michigan comes out firing in a big way, he could become an over night super star.

This scenario also involves Notre Dame losing.  If they do lose, Brian Kelly will enter season two of “Hot Seat: a Norte Dame Story.”  He would start the season 0-2, and would be lambasted for his excruciating sideline demeanor.

If you do not recall, last week Kelly got into it with a lot of his players.  He chewed them out; his face turned purple, red and probably every other color.  Winning is the only option for Kelly, and if he doesn’t, he’ll likely be out of options sooner rather than later.

Kelly is known as an offensive genius.  He turned Cincinnati into the highest scoring team in the country, with no names like Tony Pike (former pick of the Carolina Panthers), and Mardy Gilyard (Struggling receiver of the St. Louis Rams).  Now Kelly has some real special talent to work with, in Wood, Floyd and company, but Notre Dame was unable to execute at the goal line last week.  They turned the ball over far too often.  If Michigan can bring its defensive tenacity from last week, and disrupt passing lanes, the defense could be off to the races again.

This game certainly has a chance to be high scoring, as these players know each other’s tendencies very well.  Expect Denard Robinson to run all day long.  Manti Te-o will likely spy Robinson, but even this all world linebacker couldn’t slow down Robinson last season.  So I do not believe he will be able to this season.

The weather calls for potential showers, so the game will probably be won and lost on the ground.  However, even with the weather the Big House will probably be the biggest crowd in college football history.  AD Dave Brandon suggested that students were able to sell tickets for this game for over $300, so expect to see the place rocking.

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