Notre Dame vs. Michigan: What You Need to Know and Picks

Andrew MontagContributor IISeptember 20, 2012

Expect Robinson to have another exceptional game running the football.
Expect Robinson to have another exceptional game running the football.Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The past two seasons, Denard Robinson has run around, over and through Notre Dame's defense en route to two consecutive wins.

In remarkable fashion last year, he led a wild last-second comeback by the Wolverines, leaving the Irish stifled on the turf of the Big House.

In the first night game in Michigan Stadium history, the Wolverines pulled off the improbable by coming back to stun the Irish with two seconds remaining. Robinson led the way by throwing for 338 yards passing, and he even contributed more than 100 yards rushing. Accounting for all five of Michigan's scores, he essentially took over the game in the second half. 

However, this year, the Irish bring a new and improved defense to the rivalry. Last week, Notre Dame completely shut down a high-octane Michigan State offense, holding it to three points in a 20-3 victory—in East Lansing, no less.

Led by All-American candidate linebacker, Manti Te'o, the Irish will do their best to contain dual-threat Denard Robinson. 

South Bend may appear to be an intimidating place to play, but Robinson lives for these moments. And in the last rivalry game against Notre Dame in his career, it is a sure thing that he will be ready for every type of dynamic defense the Irish throw at him.


The Pick


Notre Dame is coming off an emotional victory at Michigan State, and many experts expect the Irish to keep the ball rolling. Vegas likes the Irish as well, as they are favored by a modest 4.5 points at home by BetOnline.

Expect another high-scoring, emotional and an exciting game. Look for Michigan to cover the spread, and pull off the upset. Not many defenses are adequately prepared to handle a dual-threat quarterback such as Robinson. So look for him to have another stellar performance against his favorite opponent.

Michigan 35, Notre Dame 27