Kelly says pressure is on Michigan

By: Jim Johnston Email
By: Jim Johnston Email

This Saturday Michigan and Notre Dame will sqauare off at the Big House for the last time in what may be a long time. The Irish have won 13 straight regular seasons and Michigan hasn't lost a game at home since November 20th 2010. One of those streaks will end Saturday night.

Coach Brian Kelly feels like his team can play like they have nothing to lose.

"The pressure is on Michigan. They are at home. They have got to win at home. I think for us we are going to go up there swinging."

The last time Notre Dame visited the Big House they lost a heart breaker 35-31 turning the ball over 5 times. Coach Kelly said if they are going to win they have to do a better job protecting the football.

"We are going to have to play well. They are a very good football team. We know that. We can't go up there and turn the ball over like we did a couple years ago, we understand that. It is a well coached football team on both sides of the ball and special teams. We know the challenges ahead of us."

Kelly added that out side of not turning the ball over they also have to play with the right mindset because winning in Ann Arbor isn't easy.

"We also know if we are going to win at Michigan, and nobody has been able to do that now under Brady Hoke, you better go up there with an attitude to be aggressive and go play the game. You can't sit back and wait and hope. If you do you are not going to win."

During Thursday's press conference Coach Kelly also confirmed that Malik Zaire will again not be available due illness. And the good news for Tommy Rees is that DaVaris Daniels will be at full strength Saturday after leaving the Temple game with a strained groin.

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