The first “Notre Dame loss week” is upon us. These ones always seam just a little bit longer, don’t they? I woke up to a comment from a reader asking if I felt Michigan was for real. Now, I know too many sore losers in my life and take pride in the fact that I am not one. So with the risk of my answer sounding like sour grapes, I give you a big fat NO to that question. To be honest, I was a bit surprised that the Wolverines made an appearance in the polls this week, let alone the top 20.
I mean, didn’t this happen last year? Easy win in week one, exciting last second win against Notre Dame with an exciting young quarterback under center. Once the Wolverines got into the Big 10 schedule, they collapsed. What about the first two wins make you think anything different will happen this year. The defense is extremely questionable, if not downright bad. The wide receivers aren’t great and Denard Robinson’s passing ability is overrated. I never like teams that have one weapon. If a team better then Notre Dame (and there are more then a few on the schedule for The Victors) contains Denard Robinson, how is Michigan winning? I just don’t see it.
Another thing I hate is hypothetical scenarios, but I’ll give you one that I actually think is valid. If Dayne Crist plays the entire game on Saturday, Notre Dame wins. I have no doubt in my mind that this is true. As high as things are in Michigan, remember this – The Wolverines needed a late game drive to beat a team that played Tommy Rees and Nate Montana for most of the first half.
The reality is Michigan will probably get to 5-0. Two easy out of conference games followed by the Big 10 opener against Indiana are all games the 20th ranked team in the land should win easily. Still, even with a 5-0 start, I doubt this team wins 8 games.
Leave your thoughts in the comments section. Are the Wolverines back or are the overrated with a capitol O. You know my thoughts. What are yours?
Now, lets hit them links….
This day is Irish history - 1986
Lou Holtz’s first game as coach of Notre Dame. In a torrid, tense battle against the nation’s number-three football team, the unranked Fighting Irish piled up 455 yards and twenty-seven first downs. They converted eight of twelve third-down situations and lost a 24-23 heartbreaker in one of the most pulsating, come-from-behind surges in recent Irish history. They came within a single point of toppling the highly ranked Wolverines, losing the game only because the Irish kicker missed an extra-point conversion and then with thirteen seconds remaining missed a forty-five yard field goal attempt – from irishlegends.com
Enjoy Monday. All downhill from here. 4 days until Michigan State.
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1