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1. I was almost sure ND was going to win each of the last three years. I don't think they can beat the odds again, but I also think this is the best shot they have had out of these four games.
ND'S RUN GAME:
2. ND's rushing attack is not spectacular. Purdue's run D is good, not great. However, C. Wood could affect that greatly. Hard to tell from the first 3 games.
3. Similarly, it is hard to tell how Michigan's run defense will do. They were heavily out-manned by Bama (who eventually found a back that could beat them). They faced the triple-option. And, then they played nickel coverage against a weak UMass team. They are not great on the DL, but not decidely bad either.
4. An average run game for ND vs. an average front 7 for UM = push...ND gets about 150 or so yards.
ND PASS GAME:
5. ND has a young, but good QB and some okay WRs.
6. Michigan has a pretty good secondary, minus Countess.
7. A stronger unit than above on both ND's offense and UM's defense, but ultimately a push =....ND gets about 200 or so yards.
UM RUN GAME
8. UM put up 70 yards on Bama despite no Fitz, little use of Denard and trailing by a lot. Otherwise, the run O has looked gooed against two weak teams.
9. ND has a strong front 7 and limited all the running attacks they have seen.
10. I think UM is the best rushing attack that ND has seen. But, ND's defense is better than the other teams UM has faced sans Bama. That means potential push or slight edge ND = UM gets about 125 or so yards.
UM PASS GAME
11. Denard has looked better, but still has brain farts. The WRs and TEs have evolved. I think it is a pretty good passing attack and better than what ND has faced this year so far.
12. ND lost another starter in an already weak secondary. They could have been toasted by State if the State WRS play better. I also think Denard's legs also add a level of deception to take advantage of the young guys that they have not really seen. ND will be loading the box to stop Denard.
13. If Denard is somehwat accurate and limits the picks, I think this is an advantage UM = UM gets about 225 or so yards.
Close game. It probably comes down to turnovers and/or special teams.
MSU and Bell say Lulz
Bell is a workhorse, but not a threat. Denard alone is a better runner...and then you add in Michigan's RBs and....yeah...it is better than MSU.
MSU and Bell lost all credibility on the subject when they crapped the bed offensively Saturday night.
Denard's 350+ yards vs the Irish in the last 2 years say "you don't know what you're talking about"
I doubt we will consistently run on Notre Dame, it will come down to Denard creating something ad hoc with his legs I think.
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It isn't like he has a history of doing that or anything.
If Hoke doesn't incorporate Funchess more into the game plan, he is limiting the offense. I know he isn't great at blocking right now, but he is just too much of a mismatch not to use.
Denard and Fitz.
This is Michigan, fergodsakes.
I disagree with this part, I see no way that ND contains Denard AND Fitz to 125 yards. Denard is worth 100 yards or so, and against ND, maybe more. I'd put the number closer to 200. However I agree with the rest of your post and still believe that the game will come down to the final 5 minutes due to ND winning the turnover battle.
I'm a little worried about the run blocking, if they use the run game, it needs to be pure power running, no zone stuff unless it's Denard holding onto the ball. The pass protection has been great, Denard just needs to make the right reads and simple throws.
Frank Clark needs to have a big game along with Jake Ryan. Hopefully James Ross and Joe Bolden have taken over the starting spots, you can't keep their athleticism off the field at this point.
Honestly, broken plays are probably going to be worth 50+ yards this game, and broken plays WILL happen, especially with the aggressiveness of ND's line.
Agree with your assessment everywhere beside your running game against our front 7 and the outcome of course. Look forward to having some friendly sig bets for this game..
Tuitt, Williams, and Day have never played against Michigan.
That was in the Purdue game not MSU. From what I saw he was basically a decoy in the passing game. Believe he was only thrown to once and drew a PI. His blocking was on point. Eifert definitely wasn't his normal self which was good. Golson had been zeroing in on him the two weeks prior.
It was only one against Purdue.
I hope they can sit him for a few weeks. His career is nothing compared to the effects it will cause the rest of his life. Traumatic brain injuries need time to recover from.
everyone talking about denard and fitz in the run game. brady hoke is laughing at you guys; he loves that you guys no nothing about his secret weapon, hoke is about to unleash norfleet into the offense. norfleet getting one carry last week is a sign. hes been saving him for this week. ND is not game planning for norfleet. norfleet in the bubble screen!!! give him a little hole and hes gone.
gorgeous al borges has been cooking something up for ND. norfleet is going to do damage,
The front 7 is solid for sure, but a lot of guys making their 1st contributions in only 3 weeks. Michigan is returning the greatest running QB in NCAA history, and a 1,000 yard RB to boot.
This isn't true. Eifert played all of the MSU game, in fact he had the key block on the 4th down conversion.
His concussion was mild and in the Purdue game. He was cleared for Mich. St. and should be full go again this week.
And their running game against CMU "sucked" too. Two bad running performances and 50 touches to get yards in the other performance. How is that better than Michigan's rushing attack?
Did you just quote yourself and add a comment further backing up your own opinion? What is that all about?
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