The renewal of the Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry will not only be a bonus for fans, but will also set the tempo for what kind of season both of these teams will have. Before the Wolverines and Fighting Irish kick off on Saturday night, let’s find out who has the edge in this highly anticipated matchup.
Who gets the edge? We’ll give it to Notre Dame, simply because Shea Patterson has yet to play a game in a Michigan uniform, but returning Fighting Irish starter Brandon Wimbush should be more than sufficient for Notre Dame.
Michigan gets the nod here. Notre Dame lost two of their anchors in this unit from last season to the first round of the NFL Draft. Michigan returns three of their young linemen from last year, but you could say their line is the biggest question mark heading into the season.
Notre Dame lacks depth at this position, while Michigan’s room is nothing short of loaded. The Wolverines return senior Karan Higdon and junior Chris Evans, who have both seen their fair share of carries the past two seasons. Michigan has the edge here.
Notre Dame brings two 6-foot-4 receivers to the table in Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin, but Michigan is talented in this department as well. Even with Tarik Black’s new injury, there is still room for sophomores Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins to step up. Plus, senior Grant Perry will be the leader from the slot position. Both teams are solid at wide receiver, but the edge goes to Notre Dame. Michigan has a lot to prove here.
At this point, you could refer to Michigan as one of the teams that qualify as “Tight End U,” as the Wolverines consistently have solid tight ends. They return Zach Gentry and Sean McKeon, while freshman Mustapha Muhammad adds to the excitement.
The Irish are shaky, with Tommy Tremble being their top target after producing NFL talents including Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert, but the edge goes to Michigan.
The Irish return three defensive line starters from last season’s unit and bring four legit contributors to the table. At this point, you can’t look past Michigan’s defensive line with Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich leading the charge as All-American hopefuls. Edge Michigan.
Once again, you can’t trump Michigan here. Devin Bush is arguably one of the best in the nation alongside VIPER Khaleke Hudson. The Wolverines’ linebacker room is arguably the deepest unit on their team. No question, edge Michigan.
Once again, Michigan can’t be trumped. The Wolverines return juniors David Long and LaVert Hill at cornerback as well as Josh Metullus and Tyree Kinnell at safety to round out one of the best defenses in the nation.
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