I have watched the first two Michigan football games this season and it looks like it is going to be a gut wrenching year.Â They have flashed moments of talent but it has been slow going on offense.Â Neither QB seems able to get in a rythym and establish themselves as the starter.Â And sadly this has meant many a big play oppertunity missed and contributed to the loss to Utah.
The defense seems to have stepped up after a shaky start in the opener and they might be good enough to keep Michigan in a lot of games.Â But not if the offense is simple three and out for long stretches.Â If that is the case then the defense gets tired and ends up giving up big plays.
So today we come to the battle between two once proud schools in a traditional rivlalry.Â Notre Dame versus Michigan would normally be a big game, but both teams have lost the luster they once had.Â Michigan is rebuilding with a new coach and a lot of young players while Notre Dame is still seeking the promise Charlie Weiss was once thought to bring.
Whoever wins this game will feel at least for a few days like things are getting better.Â The lose will know that they still have a long way to go.
I have no idea what will happen.Â Michigan’s defense might step up and harrass Jimmy Clausen all day.Â Michigan’s offense may finally click facing a rather mediocre ND squad.Â Or ND might dink and dunk their way up and down the field and the UM offense may continue to struggle. Or it may just be an ugly game where neither team looks good.Â I really don’t know.
But I will be nervous.Â If Michigan can beat ND then I can feel like we may be struggling to install a new offense and with players not ideally suited to the plan, but that we at least haven’t sunk to the level of Charlie Weiss.Â A loss means the whole season is going to be an ugly learning process.