Monday, September 9, 2013

To the Victors Goes the Smooth Ride

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is going away after next year, probably not coming back for a long, long time. But say what you will about the two winningest programs in college football history, their annual clash has never gone unnoticed and it's always had an outsized impact.

A year ago, Notre Dame buried Michigan under an avalanche of Wolverines turnovers, and the 13-6 victory propelled the Irish to a 12-0 regular season and a spot in the BCS championship game. It's safe to say that had Denard Robinson not turned the ball over five times all by himself, there would not have been a Notre Dame renaissance and a contract extension for coach Brian Kelly.

Would their thrilling 41-30 victory this year have the same trampoline effect for the Wolverines? You bet.


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