Michigan doesn't have an Eddie Lacy or offensive line stacked with two or three first-round picks, but the do have the guy who masterminded Alabama's 42-14 dismantling of Notre Dame in the BCS Championship.
Sooner after firing the much-maligned Al Borges, Brady Hoke and Michigan ponied up to lure Doug Nussmeier away from Alabama as the program's next offensive coordinator. In his introductory press conference, Nussmeier said something that should resonate in South Bend:
"We're going to run the ball down hill and go through people," Nussmeier said (via MLive's Nick Baumgardner).
While Nussmeier's statement evokes memories of Lacy plowing through Notre Dame's defense in South Florida, the Wolverines won't have star tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield or 2013 leading rusher Fitz Toussaint. And Notre Dame won't have to deal with Nussmeier beyond next fall, as the heated rivalry will on an indefinite hiatus following the Sept. 7 meeting in South Bend.
Barring another bizarre, tough-luck scenario, Notre Dame will be more prepared for Nussmeier's offense in September than it was a year ago. That is, of course, assuming a rash of injuries doesn't hit the Irish offensive line and the team's best defender isn't dealing with an embarrassing catfishing scandal.