ESPN’s Mark Schlaback predicted Notre Dame will win 7 games in 2008 and end the year in a bowl game in a recent column for the World Wide Leader.
The Fighting Irish were one of the youngest teams in college football last season, when they limped to a 3-9 record.
But with quarterback Jimmy Clausen, tailbacks Robert Hughes and Armando Allen and receiver Duval Kamara all returning a year older and wiser, Notre Dame will find a way to win seven games. In fact, Charlie Weis will start the season with a 2-0 record, beating San Diego State and Michigan.
The most interesting thing I see in the above quote is his prediction that we’ll beat Michigan. Schlabach hasn’t always been too kind to the Irish so it’s a bit surprising to see him predict a win over Michigan considering the Wolverines beat us 38-0 last year. I realized that Michigan is breaking in a completely new offense and defense, and I too think we have a good chance against them but I’m also a big time homer when it comes to the Irish.