Matchups are very crucial in this rivalry game between Michigan and Notre Dame and there are some important ones to watch on Saturday night.
Michigan’s O Line Vs Notre Dame’s D Line
Michigan has only two starters in Ruiz and Bredeson that are experienced on the offensive line and it will be critical for whoever is at right tackle, right guard and left tackle to play well. The Fighting Irish’s D line may not be well known, but they have guys like Jerry Tillery who can cause problems and if the O line for the Wolverines struggle, it could be a long night for that unit.
Michigan’s D Line Vs Notre Dame’s O Line
Notre Dame’s O line is replacing McGlinchey and Nelson, their best starters from a year ago which is bad news for a unit that will have to go up against a loaded and talented Wolverine’s defensive line. Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich may be one of the best duo defensive ends this season and this is their opportunity to cause serious damage. I would not be shocked if Michigan’s defensive line gets multiple sacks and make Wimbush’s life miserable in the pocket.
Michigan’s WR Vs Notre Dame’s Secondary
A year ago, Michigan’s WR unit struggled badly and was one of the worst offensive units in 2017. Even without Tarik Black, guys like Nico Collins, Donovan Peoples Jones, Oliver Martin and Grant Perry are capable of catching the ball and have a season under their belt. The Fighting Irish’s secondary will be without the services of Shaun Crawford who torn his ACL and is done for the season which means that depth could be an issue for them. If the Wolverines can create some deep ball situations, it will be huge for a unit that struggled to connect with the deep ball for multiple seasons.
Michigan’s Secondary Vs Notre Dame’s WR
Lavert Hill and David Long are Michigan’s top corners and they will be key to limiting a unit for Notre Dame that lost Equanimeous St. Brown to the NFL. They do have two guys that are 6’4 which can cause problems, but they are not very experienced and that could play into Michigan’s hands.