On Saturday night, Notre Dame will get one last chance to beat a Denard Robinson led Michigan squad. In the last two games against the Irish, Robinson has tallied nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and engineered back-to-back game-winning drives in the closing seconds. As Brian Kelly put it earlier this week: "He's a superior football player. He's not a great player — he's the best player on the field."
Although Robinson is likely to break a few big runs on Saturday, Notre Dame's deep and talented front 7 should limit his effectiveness on the ground. Frankly, I'm more concerned about his running ability opening up passing lanes for Michigan's underrated receiving corp. If Notre Dame overcommits to the run, look for the Wolverines to test the young Irish secondary with a variety of play-action passes and bubble screens.
Let's look at some examples of how Michigan's offense exploits defenses committed to stopping the run. The first play comes ...