The greatest challenge for Michigan and No. 16 Notre Dame on Saturday might be finding a fitting finale to an on-again, off-again rivalry that repeatedly has produced some finishes.
For Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, there’s truth in the old cliche: Defense wins championships.
Bosch played in Michigan’s season opener and got time in six games – three of which he started – as a freshman last season.
Simulating the size and mobility of Golson in practice has been a team effort for the Wolverines.
“If you look at our football program right now from when we’ve come in 2007, it was trying to get to these moments,” Dantonio said.
Gardner completed 13 of 14 passes for 173 yards, and Funchess snagged seven catches for 95 yards. The duo combined for three touchdowns.
Funchess recorded 748 yards on 49 receptions last season.
“You’ve got really strong leadership there, but at the end of the day, I think you’ve got to earn it,” Hoke said.
The former five-star recruit who transferred from USC to be closer to his ill mother may have to sit out this season.
As would be expected, one of the key players for Michigan will be quarterback Devin Gardner.