Five storylines: Michigan-Notre Dame 

September, 20, 2012
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Each Thursday, WolverineNation will take a look at five storylines for the Wolverines heading into Saturday's game. Here are the storylines for Michigan as it heads to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish in a night game.

1. Play all four quarters: Fans remember last season's matchup because of the win and the incredible final moments. But what many forget is that a 17-point deficit is what allowed the Wolverines to make the kind of comeback that required last-second heroics. Left tackle Taylor Lewan said Monday that if the Wolverines play against Notre Dame this weekend like they played the first three quarters in 2011, they'll lose, and he's right. Michigan must play 60 minutes against Notre Dame. And it must start from the first whistle. As the Spartans proved last week, the Irish aren't a team against whom you want to try to come back.

2. Stopping the run: In three games the Irish have seven rushing touchdowns and nearly 500 yards on the ground. The Wolverines' defense has struggled against opponents' run games, and the Irish have a formidable duo in Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood. Michigan's D-line needs to get more push at the point of attack and make a few stops.
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