Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off a national title appearance from last season and finishing better than they did in 2012 will be a struggle. Week one was kind to the Irish as they took down Temple to the tune of 28-6 and the victory came as the head coach’s 200th career win.
On the other side of the field, the Michigan Wolverines will be hosting this prime time game against the Irish, ending the annual rivalry that the country has come to love. Michigan and head coach Brady Hoke are coming off a week one stomping of Central Michigan, 59-9.
Notre Dame’s offense was solid in week one against the Owls, racking up 543 yards and not turning the ball over once under quarterback Tommy Rees. Many believed that the Irish offense would struggle without Everett Golson, but Rees silenced those critics and took down the lowly Temple defense with 346 yards passing and three scores.
Michigan and quarterback Devin Gardner look to lead a revamped Wolverines offense in 2013. The junior quarterback passed for just 162 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against the Chippewas. It was a small sample size, however, as he only passed the ball 15 times. They also racked up 242 yards rushing, but no running back broke the 60-yard mark.
The defensive battle should be interesting as Notre Dame had one of the best squads from a season ago. However, they allowed 362 total yards to the Owls and just forced one turnover. Michigan shut down the Chips at home. It allowed just 66 rushing yards and 210 total yards in the week one win.
Notre Dame will be traveling to Michigan to take on the Wolverines at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be aired on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Notre Dame 31, Michigan 35