We are t-minus five days from the kickoff of Notre Dame Football, and without further ado, let Football Week 2011 begin!!
In the immortal words of my friend Kevin ...
"Half my life ago I attended a very memorable Notre Dame game. It was September 15, 1990 ... the last NIGHT game to be played in The House That Rockne Built, and Rick Mirer's first start. We won against Michigan 28-24."
Under the lights is significant to Notre Dame this year for two reasons. The first of which is, we play Michigan under the lights, AT The Big House this year. On September 10, 2011, Notre Dame and Michigan will meet in the Big House for their first prime time meeting since the previously mentioned September 15, 1990 game. Wait, did I also mention it's the first night game in the Big House in it's 85-year history? First. Night. Game. Ever.
This game looks to be a big win for the Irish coming off a season opener win against the South Florida Bulls, and no, I'm not overlooking the Bulls in week one either. I think the Irish are more than focused enough to take care of South Florida in week one, and not be already looking ahead to Michigan. The Irish have not lost three straight games to the Wolverines since their streak in 1898-1899-1900 ... yes, over 100 years ago! If the Irish lose to the Wolverines this year, it would be the first three game streak (win or loss) in the series since the Irish won four in a row in the late 80's. So keep this game on your radar for sure. Big game, big rivalry, under the lights, big Irish win.
The second reason why under the lights is significant this year for the Irish is because the first night game AT Notre Dame stadium since the 1990 Michigan-Notre Dame meeting is also occurring this year. The University of Spoiled Children ... I mean USC, are coming to South Bend on Saturday, October 22, to face the Irish in the first night game in more than 20 years. Coming fresh off a buy week, the anticipation of a long awaited night game will bring a fired up Irish squad to the field, to continue the winning streak they started at the Coliseum last year.
In case missed my 2011 Notre Dame Football preview, you can catch my August 5th preview here!
Okay, and that kicks off Football Week 2011.
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