Most people thought that the Michigan/Notre Dame game could get a little weird given the elements but no one saw a 31-point win in either direction. The Wolverines dominated the Irish from start to finish and in doing so achieved a lot of things that aren't easy to do in a downpour.
Zach Charbonnet scores a touchdown for the fourth week in a row — HIT
Charbonnet started off the game as the go-to guy before giving way to Hassan Haskins but managed to have himself a solid game before taking a bit of a backseat. He ended up carrying the ball 15 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Shea Patterson throws at least two touchdown passes — HIT
With sheets of rain coming down for the majority of the game it was obviously very difficult to get anything going through the air. Still, Patterson was pretty effective going 6-of-12 for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Ronnie Bell scores his first touchdown of the year — MISS
Patterson did throw two touchdowns but neither were to Bell. The sophomore wide receiver, who has become a favorite target of Patterson this year, had just one catch for nine yards.
Aidan Hutchinson makes a big impact play — HIT
Before the game kicked off we talked about an "impact play" being something beyond a normal tackle. For a defensive lineman like Hutchinson, it could be a sack, a big tackle for loss, a batted ball or anything to do with a fumble. Hutchinson finished the day with three tackles including .5 for loss and a batted ball. He didn't exactly blow up the game but he made a mark.
Cameron McGrone will lead the team in tackles — HIT
Earlier this year against Illinois, McGrone tied with Jordan Glasgow for the team lead in tackles with 11. I thought he'd be the guy on his own against Notre Dame with the way he'd been improving and he did not let me down. McGrone finished the day with 12 tackles and more than doubled up Khaleke Hudson who was next in line with five stops.
The Michigan defense will pick off Ian Book — MISS
This one should be a HIT but because of a horrible pass interference call, it's not. Book threw a deep ball to Cole Kmet, which was picked off by Brad Hawkins. Inexplicably, the referees called pass interference on Khaleke Hudson, who was in coverage, for getting his head and shoulders shoved out of the way by Kmet. I feel like I should get credit for a correct prediction here but on the books, I was wrong.
Michigan will outrush Notre Dame — HIT
Only 303-47. The Wolverines absolutely dominated Notre Dame in the trenches and made me look like a genius on this one. I thought U-M might be able to get it going but I don't think anyone saw such a lopsided advantage for the maize and blue.
Michigan will have at least 400 yards of total offense — HIT
When you run for 300-plus yards, you don't have to do much through the air in order to eclipse the 400-yard mark and that's exactly what happened. The Wolverines ran for 303 and added 134 through the air for a grand total of 437 yards of offense.
Michigan will score first at home — HIT
It was only a field goal, but Michigan did get on the board first. Jake Moody knocked in a 21-yarder with 5:25 left in the first quarter giving U-M a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Michigan added 14 more points in the second to take a 17-0 lead into the half. It was the exact start Michigan needed to beat a good team at home.
The two teams will score less than a combined 45 points — MISS
It looked like this prediction was going to happen but then Michigan dropped 21 points on the Irish in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Wolverines put up 45 points on their own and beat the Irish by a whopping 31 points.
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