Thoughts on Notre Dame-Michigan

I thought it would be good to let the moment settle, before commenting on Michigan-Notre Dame.  Here are my thoughts.

This was not an upset. Notre Dame was ranked 18th, but that ranking is arbitrary. Preseason polls are baseless, yet they calcify subsequent perceptions. Set alone, both Michigan and ND had sound non-BCS conference wins in week one. They looked fairly equal in the second week. What sportswriters think is not a tangible factor.

Tate Forcier went from question to legend faster than anyone in perceived history. He was poised, especially after the bad interception. He was the obvious leader in just his second game as a true freshman. Forcier had “it” under pressure. He had the ice in his veins. It’s something I have not seen in a Michigan quarterback, and there have been many good ones.

Despite the initial celebrity, I have not seen it in Jimmy Clausen.

Unless Notre Dame beats USC, that loss sealed Charlie Weis’ firing. He made the crucial mistake, throwing on second down during the last possession. The failure forced ND to throw on third down, giving Michigan the ball back with two timeouts.

Notre Dame should have had an advantage against Michigan. They didn’t. Weis has had five-years of recruiting top-caliber players. Rodriguez has his first real recruiting class as true freshmen. Weis is in the fifth-year of his project, but, despite the preseason prognostications from Lou Holtz and others, it is a project that seems to be heading nowhere.

Urban Meyer did sign a 6-year $24 million deal with Florida, but his buyout remains just $500,000. Meyer is a Catholic and a Notre Dame guy. With Tim Tebow graduating, it should surprise no one if he moves after this season.

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