The Bulls didn't have to work very hard but they did. The broken rhythm of the Irish finally resulted in a score of 16-0 at the half. During that period, Dayne Crist, who ended the last 2 seasons prematurely due to injuries, connected only 7 times with his receivers and only once to star receiver Michael Floyd.
This week, Brian Kelly gives the ball to Tommy Rees, the true freshmen who went 4 for 4 to finish the season last year. Rees, in the second half last week, connected 11 times for 128 yards with Michael Floyd and brought is team within 3 of the Bulls with little time on the clock.
That combination, along with the defence that didn't fail in any way against the Bulls will provide a real test for the Wolverines that had a pedestrian resistance last week from Western Michigan.
If Denard Robinson expects to get out of the pocket and run this year against a more mobile and mature defence, he might not finish the game. The danger with such a dual threat is that he often finds himself in open field and last week, the Notre Dame defence cut at least to USF Bulls in half. McDaniels, their quarterback should call Denard Robinson and instruct him to stay in the pocket. If that is the case, the Wolverines and its 115,000 fans Saturday night could prove to much for an Irish team trying to save their BCS hopes.
Jeff Sagarin has the Wolverines favoured by 3(technical tie), Stewart Mandel from SI give the game to the Irish by 3 and I am more aggressive and biased than they are.
Because I don't believe that on the National stage, at night, at home - Denard Robinson could play and stay under center, the Irish and its defence will put on a show and run away with this one. Detractors welcomed - i await your comments!