During the second quarter of the 2011 U of M-Notre Dame game, 69 year-old Fighting Irish fan, Leo Staudacher, suffered a cardiac arrest.
“No disrespect to Michigan State, but they don’t have the national appeal that Notre Dame has,” Howard said. “I don’t think anybody’s fooled by that, right?”
Saturday’s glamorous Top 25 showdown at the Big House will come down to the most unheralded, overlooked men on the field – the offensive and defensive linemen.
Running the stairs of an empty Big House on Thursday, just like he used to do during his years at the University of Michigan, Howard recalled the workouts of former longtime Michigan strength and conditioning coach Mike Gittleson.
Regional or national rivalry, Michigan-Notre Dame is a matchup worth watching, at least according to the ESPN College GameDay crew, who sets out to cover the most exciting game every weekend.
For as long as I can remember the Michigan-Notre Dame game has been special.
He ranked the rivalries in order of importance, saying: “Ohio’s the biggest one, and Notre Dame and Michigan State’s our little brothers.”
“Everybody has an opinion,” Hoke said. “I told Brandstatter last night, some people think him and I are thin, and that is really far from the truth, but everybody’s got their own opinion.”
As No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 17 Michigan prepare to meet at the Big House in Ann Arbor this weekend, Irish coach Brian Kelly seems to think the matchup is no big deal.
Michigan’s new-look offensive line passed its first test. The next one is going to be much tougher.