Five Answers: Michigan

Saturday night offered more heartbreak for Notre Dame fans as the Irish fell to Michigan, 35-31, in another mistake-filled contest. We asked five questions going into the game against the Wolverines; now we have the hard answers.

The pain of another Notre Dame loss to Michigan leaves a dark cloud with the Irish faithful questioning all things within the program. Below are my answers to the five questions/points of interest posted about a game most felt would be one to remember.

Question One: Will Brian Kelly keep his perfect record against Michigan head coach Brady Hoke?

Answer One: No. Hoke comes away with his first victory over Kelly in a game many are calling an instant classic. While Irish fans are left asking questions of the program, Hoke will use this victory to springboard the Wolverine program.

Question Two: Will the Notre Dame defense continue its strong play against Denard Robinson and Michigan?

Answer Two: No! Mistakes and poor tackling doomed the Irish when it mattered most. Robinson again showed his tremendous abilities as he posted 446 total offensive yards. Michigan made numerous, game-changing big plays against the Irish defense leaving many to question if last year's late-season defensive rebirth was fool's gold.

Question Three: Can Tommy Rees provide the skill and leadership to guide the Irish to a win over Michigan?

Answer Three: For a few seconds it looked as if Rees had brought the Irish back for a victory. Overall, the sophomore posted numbers worthy of a victory. However, two interceptions and a lost red zone fumble with the ball coming out of his hands, untouched, proved costly.

Question Four: Will the Irish again find strength in their running game as they did against South Florida?

Answer Four: Yes! The Irish posted 198 rushing yards on the night with an average of six yards per carry. Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray played strong leaving fans wondering why the Irish did not continue to run the football throughout the game.

Question Five: Will the Irish fix the issues on special teams that hurt them against South Florida?

Answer Five: No! There are still questions in both aspects of the punt game for the Irish that must be fixed.


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