It’s rivalry week this week for Michigan and Notre Dame as they play for the 43rd time in South Bend, and the first time since 2014 when Michigan got shut out 31-0. It has been four years and things have changed, as both teams start the season in the top 15 of the AP rankings. These two teams know each other very well, not as much as they used to, but still well enough to be rivals.
When playing your rivals, it’s always good to know what they are saying on their side of the fence, so I went over to the Notre Dame side of the internet and got some interesting information from their websites and to see what they are saying about this week’s game.
Overall, I saw some interesting things. First, they want former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard to possibly have an intervention for saying that quarterback Shea Patterson is more mobile than Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Another take was how this game will have more than 50 points scored total, as they seemed to have forgotten that Michigan has a top 5 defense and doesn’t allow points lightly.
Both of these teams are powerhouses of their own. Michigan is in the Big Ten and while Notre Dame is Independent, they are still a big name with a storied history behind them. While Michigan hasn’t won a National Championship since 1997 and Notre Dame has more recent success towards winning it all, having gone to the final game after the 2012 season, both teams and universities are established nonetheless. Some Notre Dame people believe though that Michigan NEEDS Notre Dame in football than vice versa.
Nobody needs anybody in this rivalry, they are both established colleges with a well-documented history. Michigan is the winningest program in college football, while Notre Dame is in seventh place. Still, neither team needs the other.
The final interesting take that Notre Dame is saying is that they will have 250 rushing yards against this Michigan defense. Last season Michigan never allowed more than 229 rushing yards in a game. Penn State ran for 228, while Ohio State ran for 226. Those teams had a first-round draft pick at running back or a dual-threat quarterback and offense that was focused on the option.
All the talk from both sides will be over on Saturday at 7:30PM ET when the team’s face-off and the talking will be done on the field.