Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Free Pick 9/7/13
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) at Michigan Wolverines (1-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -3 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN HD
The Michigan Wolverines look to keep their season rolling on Saturday when the Wolverines host their rival the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Michigan Wolverines took care of business in their week one match up, defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas 59-9. I predicted that the Wolverines would have one of the top offenses in the Big Ten, and even though we are only one week in, it looks very much like that could be the case. Devin Gardner took over for Denard Robinson last season as the signal caller, and Gardner got the start on Saturday against the Chippewas. Gardner was not without his struggles against Central Michigan, throwing two picks and for just 162 yards. The ground game for the Wolverines was excellent on Saturday as the Wolverines combined for a total of 242 yards on the ground against Central Michigan.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish were the darlings of the College Football world last season as the Fighting Irish ran the regular season schedule on their way to the title game against the Tide. The Irish opened their season on Saturday against the Temple Owls, dispatching the Owls 28-6. Notre Dame was built on solid defense, and the Irish didn’t disappoint in that department on Saturday. Notre Dame held the Owls to just six points and 362 total yards on the day. The Irish offense put up an impressive 543 yards against the Owls, 355 of which came through the air. Leading the aerial assault for the Irish was QB Tommy Rees, who finished the day with 346 yards and three scores, while completing 16/23.
Some of the early money has been on the Wolverines, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this line climb a bit. The Irish are a very good team and will definitely be able to hang around with Michigan, but you can bet the Wolverines will remember last season’s loss to the Wolverines in Notre Dame and will be looking to repay the favor. Rees was outstanding for the Irish in week one, but the Wolverines are not the Owls, and the Big House is not Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish will get theirs and hang around, but the balanced attack of the Wolverines, and the 12th man at their back should give the Wolverines the cover and win on Saturday against the Irish.
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