Found September 23, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
For years, I have criticized the University of Notre Dame for years of mediocrity. All I have been hearing for the last few years is how good Notre Dame is. Year after year has been disappointment after disappointment, and I was the main one saying Lou Holtz is not coming through that door anytime soon. It's time to stop looking at the name and start looking at the product that is on the field, which frankly wasn't that good. This season, it appears the Fighting Irish are determined to prove they are worthy of getting all of that hype. The Irish are 4-0 after a 13-6 victory on over hated rival Michigan 13-6 on Saturday night, a victory that will most likely have the Irish in the Top 10 for the first time in quite a while, at least from what I can remember. From the eye test, it looks like a different team, a team that has mental toughness and, for once, a good defense. In their last two games, against Michigan State and Michigan, the Irish haven't even given up a touchdown. They completely shut down two Heisman trophy candidates in Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell and Michigan's Denard Robinson. Robinson committed 5 turnovers (4 interceptions) last night. Robinson has killed the Irish in the last two years, obtaining 948 total yards in the last two games against Notre Dame. This year's Irish defense looks more aggressive, athletic, and most importantly, disciplined. They made a huge commitment not to let Robinson beat them with his legs, forcing him to beat them with his arm. Throwing the football is not Robinson's strongest aspect of his game, and it definitely showed. Robinson continuously forced throws into double coverage and had difficultly reading defenses. Give the Irish credit for exploiting those weakness. The only question about the Irish is can they get enough points from their offense to make a legit run at the national championship?? That's ironic, seeing how it's normally Notre Dame's defense we have questions about. At any rate, I'm not quite ready to buy Notre Dame as a legit championship contender just yet, but I must say I am a little bit impressed with how Notre Dame has played in the month of September. They look like a different team, a more physical team that looks mentally tough. There are still some tough opponents left on Notre Dame's schedule, such as Miami (FL), Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC, but it appears the Irish are trying to capture some of that magic that we haven't seen since the early 1990s. Only time will tell if the Irish will be heard from later on in the year, but I figured it was about time I show Notre Dame some love after criticizing them for so long. By Charles Taylor

Extra Points: Michigan Football at Notre Dame news, notes predictions

Michigan Football will play at Notre Dame on Saturday night. Kick off is scheduled for 7:39 (EST) with TV coverage on NBC. For the game preview click here: Michigan at Notre Dame. For the extra points, read on. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs needs 11 more tackles to become the 15th Wolverines and first defensive back in school history to reach 300 career tackles. It’s time to start...

Notre Dame 13, Michigan 6: Irish defense keeps Robinson under wraps

In a break from recent tradition of four point losses and wild, offensive shootouts against the Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame improved to 4-0 by riding its defense, forcing Denard Robinson to make mistakes and scraping together a 13-6 win on Saturday night. From the outset, it was clear that Brian Kelly would have none of Robinson’s heroic antics from last season...

TDSS Roundtable: Should Brady Hoke Have Benched Denard Robinson on Saturday?

Denard Robinson committed five of Michigan’s six turnovers in a frustrating 13-6 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, and four of Robinson’s miscues (all interceptions) occurred before halftime. He added a fumble in the third quarter, killing a drive deep … Continue reading →

Denard Robinson, Michigan fall out of the AP Top 25

The Michigan Wolverines were ranked No. 8 in the Top 25 poll coming into the season. After Week 4, the Wolverines have already watched their names fall completely out of the Top 25 rankings. It probably adds to the discomfort that Michigan State sits ahead of Michigan in the Legends division and at No.20 in the AP Poll with Ohio State six spots ahead at No.14. Whether or not...

Michigan Football turns it over in loss at Notre Dame

Michigan Football lost 13-6 to Notre Dame on Saturday night. The Wolverines self-destructed with 6 turnovers and a missed field goal. Denard Robinson fired 4 interceptions and lost a fumble. The loss drops Michigan’s record to 2-2 and will knock them out of the Top 25. Meanwhile, Notre Dame improved to 4-0. Michigan’s defense played well, holding the Irish to 239 yards of total...

Irish Befuddle Robinson, Michigan

Notre Dame downed Michigan for the first time since 2008 thanks in part to six Wolverine turnovers. Denard Robinson had five.

Michigan at Notre Dame: Three Bold Predictions

After Michigan has dominated this matchup the last two seasons I believe the Irish will be able to win this game at home to improve to 4-0.Here are three bold predictions for tonight's game.1. Denard Robinson will not be able to run around Notre Dame like he has in the past. He will be held to less than 50 yards rushing.Denard Robinson is one of the most exciting players in college...

Michigan Wolverine fans are pist

Notre Dame can thank Manti Te’o for saving the game for them against the Michigan Wolverines Saturday. His two interceptions helped the Fighting Irish defeat Denard Robinson, as the Michigan Wolverines lost for a 2nd time in 2012. Yup, Michigan Wolverine fans are pist off losing again, making them themost  overrated  team in the country.                   ...

Denard Robinson, Wisconsin's James White, Michigan St., and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape. The Blame Game. Drew Sharp claims that Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges' play calling is hampering Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson's on-the-field performance. (The Detroit Free Press) Wisconsin's White knight? Wisconsin may have to depend on...

Friday Focus: Michigan Wolverine Receiver Roy Roundtree

Ahh one of the best weeks for Wolverine Nation and for all of college football is upon us: Notre Dame Week. The history, the national exposure, the breathtaking finishes, THE RIVALRY, makes this truly a special game each and every year. In honor of the great receivers who have shined in this game such as Brown, Ismail, Carter, Howard and Manningham to name a few, this week’s focus...

Big Ten Game of the Week: #18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame Preview, Point Spread, Prediction and Poll

Continuing with what may be the toughest schedule in college football this season, the #11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the #18 Michigan Wolverines Saturday night in South Bend. Michigan has dominated the rivalry recently, winning 3 straight and 5 of the last 6, but they haven’t faced a Notre Dame team this strong – especially defensively – during that span. AP Photo...

Michigan ranked no longer after loss to Notre Dame

Regardless of which major national top 25 poll you prefer to use as your standard for ranking the best of the college football elite (AP Top 25 or USA Today Coaches), this week the Michigan Wolverines will not be found. That not just due to the fact that the Wolverines lost their second game of the year and now own a 2-2 non-conference record. But more so because as a team they managed...

Irish 4-0 with win over Wolverines

Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn't as effective this time as the Irish repeatedly forced...

Mistake-prone Wolverines fall to Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn't as effective this time as...

College Football Red Carpet: Week 4 Awards

Welcome to the college football awards for week four, where the Golden Dome ruled, coaches made questionable decisions, records fell, and so did Sooners. We call it an Oklahoma Breakdown around here. Let's get started...The "Wanted: One Good Kicker" award goes to Boise StateHow different college football's recent history might be if the Broncos, now notorious for...
Wolverines News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.