Last Friday night I couldn’t sleep and my ‘Irish Saturday’ began at 6 a.m. when I arrived at my aunt’s house for the hearty breakfast she spoils us with before every home game.
The expectations were huge this season. Most Irish fans expect a double-digit win season and although it’s not time to panic in South Bend, it could be after Saturday night.
After the pathetic effort they put forth against South Florida, the Golden Domers, who are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2007, better bring their most disciplined and exceptional football against the Wolverines.
Irish Head Coach Brian Kelly, who is 3-0 all time against Michigan’s new head coach Brady Hoke, is handing the ball to the sophomore quarterback stand-out, Tommy Rees.
Rees inherited a 16-0 disadvantage last week when he started the second half. He did not necessarily look like a Heisman Trophy candidate, but he did try to play the Superman role, while passing for nearly 300 yards.
We all know the statistics. We all know how bad Notre Dame looked in the 2011 premier. Everyone knows it’s the first night game ever at the ‘Big House’ and everyone knows how deep the rivalry between the two programs is.
The entire world will be watching and it is obvious to Notre Dame nation that this weekend is a must win because 1-1 with a victory over Michigan has a much better ring to it than 0-2.
GO IRISH and Good luck - FOT