Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 Michigan Gameday #2: at Notre Dame

Fresh off last week's 52-14 thumping of Appalachian State, the Wolverines head to South Bend for the last matchup (for a while) in one of college football's most storied rivalries.  Michigan is 24-16-1 in the 41 contests with the Irish through 2013, having won the opener in 1887 as well as last year's game.  The Maize and Blue are winners of four of the last five and won three straight, 2009-2011, by four points each thanks to the heroics of QBs Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson.

With #16 Notre Dame having chickened out of the series for now ("Notre Dame is scared like a little girl" tag in play), it remains to be seen how much they bring to tonight's 7:30 game, especially considering the results of the recent matchups.  Michigan, meanwhile, is seeking a road win against a good opponent, something that's eluded them under coach Brady Hoke thus far.  2014's edition of the Wolverines looks pretty talented, though, especially with fifth-year senior Devin Gardner at QB, new #1 WR Devin Funchess winning jumpball matchups, and a potential dual-headed RB threat in Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith.

All three of Michigan's biggest tests, naturally the rivalry games with Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State, are on the road this year, so tonight's game could be an excellent indicator of how far the Wolverines have come since last year's disappointing finish.  For my part, I hope to see a lot of this tonight:
"Brian Kelly is very red" tag also in play.

While I await gametime (and try to send some good luck towards Kerry's Ducks (MSU) and Adam's Hokies (OSU), not to mention Matt's Mountaineers, here's some of my fondest memories from the series:

Grbac to Desmond on 4th down, 1991

Michigan's final drive, Forcier to Mathews, 2009

Highlights, including Denard Robinson's game-winning drive, 2010

Final 0:30, including Denard to Gallon, from 2011 (Under the Lights), possibly the best game in the entire series

Here's to beating the team formerly coached by Captain Front-Butt himself,
and closing out the series the way it started.  To hell with Notre Dame...


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