Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 8, 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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GAME PREVIEW: MICHIGAN BY ANDREW OWENS A s Michigan fans celebrated in The Big House bleachers to the tune of "The Chicken Dance" — a swipe at Notre Dame for ending the series between the schools — fol‑ lowing a 41‑30 victory over the Irish last September, it appeared the Wolverines were on the rise following a disappoint‑ ing 8‑5 campaign in 2012. After all, head coach Brady Hoke de‑ livered an 11‑2 season and Sugar Bowl victory in his inaugural season, so 2012 figured to be an aberration. Michigan, however, never again resembled the form it displayed in topping the Irish in week two, going 5‑6 the remainder of the way while squeaking past Foot‑ ball Bowl Subdivision bottom‑feeders Akron and Connecticut. In year four, it's time for Hoke to prove that it wasn't his 2011 season that was a fluke. "I don't think there's a win require‑ ment for Hoke to keep his job," said Chris Balas, who covers Michigan for The Wolverine. "It's more of a feel. If they have another year like they did last year, I think they're going to take At A Crossroads Despite seeing its win totals decrease the past two seasons, Michigan remains optimistic with Brady Hoke Hoke is on the proverbial hot seat after the Wolverines produced a combined 15‑11 record the past two seasons. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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