After a tough road loss, Michigan football will have to right the ship quickly as one-loss Notre Dame, fresh off a bye, comes to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines will be looking for revenge after the Irish handed them a loss in the season-opener last year.
Notre Dame is 5-1 with its only loss a narrow one to then-No. 3 Georgia.
The Book on Offense
Last time the Wolverines faced the Fighting Irish, Brandon Wimbush was leading the offense and not very well. He was replaced by Ian Book, who has never looked back.
Book was a only a three-star recruit coming out of high school but has far exceeded expectations so far. He has an over 63-percent completion percentage with 14 touchdowns early on, averaging 235.6 yards per game. He has only thrown two interceptions.
The quarterback is dual-threat as well, as he is the second leading rusher on the team with 245 yards gained and three scores.
Tony Jones Jr. has been fantastic this year for the Notre Dame offense. The third-year back is averaging over 92 yards per game and seven yards per carry so far this year. He has four touchdowns as well.
C’Bo Flemister has chipped in for three touchdowns as well.
The Fighting Irish have good depth at the receiver position. Chase Claypool is 1A and averages over 65 yards-a-game with four touchdowns. 1B is Cole Kmet with over 66 yards per game and three touchdowns.
Behind them comes reliable Chris Finke averaging over 30 yards per game with a score this year. Tommy Tremble (136 yards and 2 TD) and Jacon McKinley (200 yards and 3 TD) round out the pass catchers.
The most intimidating part of the Irish is the defense. The defense is lead by Julian Okwara, younger brother of Detroit Lions’ defensive end Romeo Okwara. The younger brother leads the Fighting Irish with four sacks and two forced fumbles.
At linebacker Drew White leads the team with seven tackles-for-loss. Another linebacker familiar to Wolverine fans is Daelin Hayes out of Ann Arbor Skyline. Hayes has three tackles-for-loss.
The top tacklers on the defensive side are safety Alohi Gilman and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
Michigan-Notre Dame Football TV Channel, Time and Live Stream
Kickoff Time: 7:30 PM ET
Date: Saturday, October 26
Location: The Big House, Michigan Stadium
TV Channel: ABC
Live Stream: ABCGo
Michigan-Notre Dame Odds
Spread: +1.5 (Michigan)
Pick: Michigan +1.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame (-112) | Michigan (-102)