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Michigan needs to turn up the heat after half

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan is hanging in there with No. 18 Notre Dame, but it'll be hard to see the Wolverines winning this game without making some adjustments on defense.

Notre Dame has controlled the line of scrimmage so far, shutting down a Michigan pass rush that created tons of havoc last week against Western Michigan. Jimmy Clausen has taken advantage of man coverage on the edges, wearing out corner Boubacar Cissoko already. Notre Dame's wideout tandem of Golden Tate and Michael Floyd is pretty special, and unless the Wolverines find a way to get to Clausen, it could be a tough second half. Michigan also must find a way to stop the screen pass after being burned several times.

That said, big plays win games, and Michigan has made as many or more of them than Notre Dame. Darryl Stonum's kickoff return was huge, and Michigan needs more of those in the second half. Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier continues to look good and limit mistakes, but he'll need a boost from the run game.