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Notre Dame

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Notre Dame vs. Michigan

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795/grass), South Bend

Radio: 1190 AM, 92.3 FM, 107.3 FM


Records: No. 11 Notre Dame 3-0; No. 18 Michigan 2-1

Line: Notre Dame by 5 1/2

Series: Michigan leads 23-15-1

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Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 30 (61st NCAA)

Yards per game: 388.67 (72nd)

Passing yards per game: 233 (67th)

Rushing yards per game: 155.7 (67th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 10 (8th)

Yards per game: 288.7 (18th)

Passing yards per game: 192.3 (38th)

Rushing yards per game: 96.33 (23rd)


Top 3 offensive players: RB Theo Riddick 190 yards, 2 TDs; QB Everett Golson 611 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT; TE Tyler Eifert 120 yards, 1 TD

Top 3 defensive players: LB Manti Te’o 30 tackles, 1 INT, 2 FR; DE Stephon Tuitt 12 tackles, 5 sacks; S Zeke Motta 19 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Key to victory: The Irish have to find away to contain Michigan QB Denard Robinson, who has accumulated 948 offensive yards in two victories over Notre Dame.

Injuries: S Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), CB Lo Wood (Achilles), S Austin Collinsworth (shoulder) out


Offensive statistics

Points per game: 36 (T-33rd)

Yards per game: 425.3 (52nd)

Passing yards per game: 233 (67th)

Rushing yards per game: 192.3 (45th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 26.3 (75th)

Yards per game: 369 (57th)

Passing yards per game: 157.7 (12th)

Rushing yards per game: 211.3 (104th)


Top 3 offensive players: QB Denard Robinson 699 passing yards, 6 TDs, 4 INTs, 351 rushing yards, 4 TDs; RB Fitzgerald Toussaint 92 yards, TD; WR Devin Gardner 155 yards, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: S Jordan Kovacs 23 tackles, 1 tackle for loss; LB Jake Ryan 20 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 PB; S Thomas Gordon 22 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Key to victory: Michigan has to shore up its run defense as Notre Dame will attack with running backs Theo Riddick, Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III.

Injuries: FB Stephen Hopkins (hamstring), LB Desmond Morgan (head), DE Brennen Beyer (knee), DL Richard Ash (undisclosed), LB Antonio Poole (pectoral) questionable; TE Brandon Moore (knee) doubtful

– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette