ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines looks for yards on a fourth quarter run while playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 35-31.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Wolverine get a much a needed breather against a directional rival following their thrilling win over Notre Dame last week.
The Michigan Wolverines scored two touchdowns to twice come from behind in the final 1:13 of last Saturday night's thrilling 35-31 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This week's game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles should be significantly less dramatic, with the Wolverines coming in as heavy favorites against what should be an overmatched opponent.
The Eagles have been a historic doormat, even relative to their rivals in the doormat-y MAC conference. The team's last game against an FBS opponent was a 71-3 shellacking at the hands of Northern Illinois at the end of last season. Still, the team has shown some promise already matching their 2-win total from last season, albeit against Howard and Alabama State. Eastern Michigan has featured the ground game almost exclusively this season, averaging 331 yards per game rushing led by running backs Javonti Greene and Dominique Sherrer.
This game should be a much needed breather for Michigan fans whose hearts are still pounding from last week. Quarterback Denard Robinson led a severely flawed Michigan squad to a stirring comeback against the Irish, putting up 446 yards of total offense against the Irish, mostly in the fourth quarter. This week, Robinson will hope to be benched in favor of backup Devin Gardner sometime in the third quarter.
Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 17.
Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Spread: Michigan favored by 29 points
Series history: Michigan leads,9-0
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