Five Questions: Michigan

Notre Dame will look to go 4-0 when they host Michigan in a primetime battle. Berk is back with his weekly Five Questions for another of Notre Dame's rivals.

Saturday's game with Michigan marks the 40th meeting between the two teams. Notre Dame is coming off a high from last Saturday's prime time win over another Big Ten foe Michigan State and now heads into another nationally televised night game vs. Wolverines.

QUESTION ONE

Can the Irish break the three-game losing streak against the Wolverines?

We should place this question at the No. 4 spot since the Irish have lost each of the the last three games against the Wolverines by four points. But this Irish team looks ready to snap the losing streak and give Irish fans another reason to start thinking about what bowl game the program will be headed to at the end of the season.

QUESTION TWO

Will the final 30 seconds of this year's game matter?

The last three games between these two teams found Michigan pulling out a victory in the final 30 seconds. After last week's impressive showing this game should be decided before the final drive of the game, and not with a back-breaking 30-second, 80-yard drive as witnessed in 2011.

QUESTION THREE

Can the Irish keep Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in check?

While no one is expecting the Irish to completely stop Robinson, keeping him in check will go a long way if the Irish hope to add their fourth victory of the season. So far this season Robinson has been involved in 24 plays when the Wolverines face third down. Robinson has passed on 18 of those occasions completing 10 and earning eight first downs while scoring two touchdowns and throwing two interceptions. When Robinson runs the ball he's been successful four out of six times and scored one touchdown.

QUESTION FOUR

Can the Irish offensive line protect the quarterback as it did a week ago?

The Irish offensive line came into last week's game with seven sacks allowed through two games. They left East Lansing giving up just one more, and Michigan has only posted three sacks to date. A breakdown along the line would be a disaster for the Irish.

QUESTION FIVE

Can Everett Golson continue his positive growth?

Golson's performance a week ago was solid, but he'll need to continue to show growth, hitting on a better percentage of his throws, especially short, chain-moving passes, while continuing making smart decisions.


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