Golson is a Heisman contender, Brady Hoke enters hot seat territory
After Saturday night, Notre Dame and Michigan both should have good reason to want to continue a rivalry that ended with a 31-0 Irish win.
Notre Dame certainly would want to continue to embarrass Michigan in perpetuity. Michigan would likely want to play this one again.
Instead, the Wolverines will have to deal with the trash talking until a bowl game or resumption of the series brings the two programs together. In the long history of the series between college football’s two winningest program, no game between the two has featured a Wolverines shutout.
The win is one that gives us a new perspective on a shorthanded Notre Dame and its quarterback while giving Michigan coach Brady Hoke a new host of problems just two weeks into the season.
Read and React: Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0
This Notre Dame Team Can’t Be Ignored
After an academic fraud issue cost Notre Dame its best corner, defensive lineman and receiver, Notre Dame seemed destined for a mediocre season. That’s not going to happen, it seems. The Irish have defeated their first two opponents by a combined score of 79-17 and should be 4-0 when they face Stanford on Oct. 4. And if Stanford continues to play the way it did against USC, Notre Dame may be favored by the time the Cardinal plays in South Bend.
Everett Golson has Blossomed
Golson’s return from a year-long absence has been nothing short of triumphant. He was 23-of-34 for 226 yards with three touchdowns against Michigan. Compare his performance Saturday to the last time we saw Golson in 2012. Could Golson as a redshirt freshman have won a game without his top receiver and a run game that managed just 1.7 yards per carry? Not likely. Golson as a junior led that team to a 31-0 rout.
The Michigan Offense Hasn’t Changed
Sure, the scheme is different and the coordinator is new, but the results are painfully similar. The run game was ineffective at 35 carries for 100 yards (2.9 yards per carry). And Devin Gardner was as mistake-prone as he was a year ago with three interceptions. Take away receiver Devin Funchess, and Michigan had only 82 yards through the air.
Brady Hoke is in for a Long Season
Hoke seemed to have the same uncomfortable expression for most of the second half, which isn’t surprising since the game was out of reach in the second quarter. For a coach who has put a premium on rivalry games, this one will haunt the rest of the year. He’s replaced his offensive coordinator and brought in two top 10 signing classes in the last three seasons. Michigan is running short on answers If the honeymoon wasn’t over before, it is now.