John Heisler | September 4, 2018
The Irish are 1-0. They opened the season with a win over a ranked Michigan team for the sixth time in history – also in 1979, 1982, 1987, 1988 and 1998 (with the '82, '88 and '98 versions also coming at Notre Dame Stadium).
NBC's 4.51 rating from Saturday night marked its best for an Irish home game in a dozen years.
There was green virtually everywhere in Notre Dame Stadium Saturday — and University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly gushed about the atmosphere.
For one very warm Saturday night in South Bend, there was much that went right in the worlds of Notre Dame fans.
With perspective required in some measure given that it's only Labor Day, consider some leftovers from Notre Dame's opening win over Michigan:
1. The Irish offensive line is (still) gritty and tough. Much had been made of the departure of all-star linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey and former offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Those qualified as legitimate questions. Yet new offensive line coach Jeff Quinn and his group certainly held their own (at least) Saturday night against a Michigan defense Kelly suggested might end up being the best the Irish see all year. The 132 net rushing yards amassed by Notre Dame may not have the 11 defensive coordinators on the remaining 2018 schedule quaking in their boots, yet this was one time when the number alone did not represent what took place on the field. And keep in mind that this was only a first appearance by sophomore running back Jafar Armstrong, who a year ago was playing as a wide receiver.
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