BY JACK HERMAN
Since 1887, when a team of Michigan players first taught a group of Notre Dame students to play the game, the rivalry between the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish has evolved into one of college football's greatest.
It's made players like kicker Remy Hamilton easy to remember and - unfortunately for Michigan fans - losses like 2005 hard to forget.
And tomorrow's game at Michigan Stadium will add another historic note to the storied series. For rarely, if ever, in that 120-year span have the teams met when they were so, well, bad.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
One comment changed the course of my week and opened my eyes to story behind the Michigan Notre Dame rivalry.
I have Michigan coach Lloyd Carr to thank.
During the football team's weekly press conference, a reporter asked Carr what made the rivalry special for the coach, who's been a part of more than half of the games the two teams have played against each other (13 as an assistant, eight as a head coach).
Carr's response was memorable.
Notre Dame 17
Before every football game this season, two of the Daily's football writers will take the weekend's matchup to the PlayStation 2 and then let you know what happened.
Play of the game - Take your pick from any of the four stops Michigan coach Kevin Wright made on his own 3-yard line with 1:45 left in the game and holding a four-point lead. DE #55 put the finishing touch on the critical stand when he sacked Notre Dame QB #13 (after injuring QB # 7 earlier in the game) on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line and forced a fumble.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH AND JACK HERMAN
This section examines the reasons that Michigan has started this season 0-2. We are not going to delve into the institutional or larger-picture problems that exist within the program. Instead, we offer these observations as the answers to the question "What's wrong with Michigan?"
Entering this season, senior quarterback Chad Henne appeared on watch lists for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and All-America team.
Now he's on the injured list.
But that's not where his problems started.
Click here to view the staff picks for this weeks' game against Notre Dame.
BY SCOTT BELL
Sixty straight days. Sunday to Sunday. No mornings off.
For two months this summer, wide receiver Adrian Arrington not only had to earn his way back into Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's good graces, but also onto the Michigan football team.
Arrington accumulated two strikes during his redshirt sophomore season - a domestic violence charge that was eventually dismissed and another for an undisclosed reason - that led to his temporary dismissal from the team last spring.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Fifth-year senior Brandent Englemon doesn't want to get into it. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr declined to elaborate.
Whatever happened behind the scenes, Englemon's spot on the team was up in the air heading into the season.
"I can't really speak on it," Englemon said.
The Covington, K.Y., native was coming off a season in which he made five starts, played in every game and collected 29 tackles.
Throw in the departure of starting free safety Willis Barringer, and Englemon appeared to be right in the mix for a starting spot his last year on campus.
BY H. JOSE BOSCH
Around the Nation got off to a roaring start last week, going a miraculous 3-1. And if it hadn't been for TCU crapping out in the fourth quarter against Texas, I'd have every right to pop my collar.
What? My scores were way off? Doesn't matter. Looking ahead to this weekend, there are three games featuring two Top-25 teams. This can only mean one thing - that I'm in for a rough weekend. Remember, all the games I predict are 100-percent correct . except for the ones I get wrong. Now onto the games:
No. 9 Louisville at Kentucky - 7:30 p.m., ESPN 360 or ESPN Classic
BY SCOTT BELL
Meet Ryan Mallett: the confident five-star prospect dubbed Michigan football's next great quarterback.
Last year, Michigan wrestled the 6-foot-7 signal caller away from the Texas and finally found the highly touted recruit it was searching for to replace Chad Henne.
The plan was all set: After a year of learning under Henne, Mallett would be ready to take over the reins at one of the biggest football programs in the nation next season.
But now, just two games into his freshman year, Mallett isn't waiting to be the man - he is the man.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
A rash decision may rob Michigan wide receiver Greg Mathews of a start against Notre Dame.
The sophomore appeared to kick Oregon safety Matthew Harris in the groin after Harris tackled Mathews in the fourth quarter.
Mathews had just caught a 5-yard pass, his lone reception of the game. A brief tussle ensued, but Michigan captain Jake Long quickly stepped in to keep the scuffle from escalating.
"Certainly it's nothing we're proud of," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "Greg is not proud of it. We don't want it, and we won't tolerate it."