Double trouble for the Wolverines? 

September, 5, 2013

The battles in the trenches should have a big impact on the Notre Dame-Michigan game Saturday night in the Big House. These battles will also have NFL draft implications, especially when the Wolverines have the ball, as there will be three linemen on the field who project as first-round picks: Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt and Michigan LT Taylor Lewan. In addition, Notre Dame DE/OLBs Prince Shembo and Ishaq Williams project as Day 3 picks.

What should concern Michigan fans the most is the Wolverines' ability to match up on the inside, where they are young and don’t have great size. Center Jack Miller, at 291 pounds, is giving up close to 70 pounds to the 357-pound Nix, who will line up directly over Miller's head in the Fighting Irish’s three-man fronts. At guard, 303-pound Graham Glasgow and 297-pound Kyle Kalis could see Nix if -- and when -- Notre Dame goes to four-man fronts. Nix is a massive interior run-stuffer who has the strength to control any one of these interior offensive linemen and disengage in time to make the play.