Week Three Staff Predictions

Michigan and Notre Dame are scheduled to meet on Saturday at the Big House. With both teams sitting on an 0-2 start, which team will come out and break through onto the win column this weekend? The staff at GBW gives it's predictions for how the third week of the season will go.

When Michigan and Notre Dame meet at the Big House this Saturday, someone has to win. Both Notre Dame and Michigan have struggled in their opening two games of the year. How do the staff at GBW see the battle of college football's two most winningst teams playing out?

Tom Beaver
The Mallett-Clausen era begins.. will it be a barn burner of a ho-hummer?
Methinks the latter .. whoever gets to 20 wins. Me also thinks -- Mallett helps Hart jump-start the Wolverine offense just enough.
Michigan 20, Notre Dame 17

Sam Webb
There isn't nationally televised game on the schedule in which the Wolverine defense has a better chance to turn in a decent performance than the one they'll play this weekend versus Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have zero offensive touchdowns and -8 rushing yards on the season, and they will feature a freshman quarterback that is a pure dropback passer. Michigan's defenders won't come close to shutting down Charlie Weis' anemic attack, but they'll perform better than they did over the first two weeks. The Irish will notch their first offensive touchdown and they will also end on the positive end of the rushing charts, but it won't be enough. On offense for Michigan, the Maize & Blue will be fielding a freshman quarterback as well…but they'll ride the legs of the man that made the guarantee. Mike Hart will have a big game and lead the Wolverines to their first victory.
Michigan 24, Notre Dame, 14

Bret Osburn
Both teams have struggled offensively. Michigan has more potential to solve those problems despite breaking in a new quarterback. If the defense shows any improvement whatsoever the Wolverines should come out on top in this one.
Michigan 24, Notre Dame 17

Josh Turel
After a brutal start to the season, Michigan really needs to pull off a win. A lot will be made about Jimmy Clausen against Ryan Mallett but it will basically come down to who doesn't make the most mistakes. Clausen will have a bit more comfort having played more this season in Mallett but neither will be expected to win the game for their team. To me, the game comes down to two aspects. Who is able to run the football and who is able to stop it on defense. Ultimately this one is tough to call but I'll go with the Irish.
Notre Dame-24, Michigan-20

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