Notre Dame's offensive advantage

Tommy Rees will be under center when Notre Dame travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Even though the Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter Saturday night's road game at the Michigan Wolverines as the favorite, many expect their offensive production to be a problem after a sloppy Week 1 performance and a quarterback change from Dayne Crist to Tommy Rees. The Irish instead are perceived to have the advantage because of a defense that is appreciably better than Michigan's.

However, a deeper look at the game tape and the numbers from Notre Dame's season-opening loss to the South Florida Bulls reveals that the Fighting Irish have an offense that is quite close to overpowering -- and that they should pose a serious challenge for the Wolverines' defense.