All the hype has been building up all week. Now it’s almost time for the big showdown.
Tonight at 8, the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry ends.. sort of. They could play again after 2017 but no one really knows for sure. But what I do know is that it will be a crazy game tonight. Here is some of what the ESPN College GameDay crew thinks about tonight’s game, according to the Detroit Free Press:
“Michigan’s offensive line, this is a big test,” Howard said. “I’m a guy who judge individuals, units or teams by their competition. I can’t judge Notre Dame by Temple… I can’t judge our offensive line by facing Central Michigan. That’s not something I can do. So to me this is going to be a test. Any elite unit or elite team probably would have three challenges a year that you can really judge them by.”
Here is what analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks about the game:
“I’m anxious to see the two quarterbacks,” Herbstreit said. “Devin we all would agree fits into what Al’s trying to do with this scheme and we saw that in the latter part of last year and we continue to see that. This will be a big opportunity to show how much he’s grown, even from last year in the bowl game. With all due respect to Central, this is really the game where we find out where he is and the guys around him are. It’s a pretty good defense for him to go up against.
“On the other side, (Notre Dame QB) Tommy Rees came in here two years ago and threw the ball all over the place. If it weren’t; for the two turnovers, he would have had a great night and they probably would have won the game. So now that it’s his offense and that Everett Golson’s gone, I’m interested to see how Notre Dame can perform, not only against Michigan but in 2013. This a game where we find out, where Notre Dame is and how serious they are about trying to duplicate what they did a year ago in this type of environment.”
So no matter if you think the offensive line of Michigan vs Notre Dame’s defensive line is the biggest match-up or if you agree with Herbstreit and want to see the quarterback match-up, this game is a must see tonight. Because we could never see the two teams play each other again.
As for my pick, I think Notre Dame steals one in Ann Arbor tonight, 28-24. The difference? The defensive unit gets it done for Notre Dame on a late drive by Michigan.