Disconcerting start for Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Big House was electric to start this game, after a touching ceremony to honor Desmond Howard and the sun set for a true night experience.

But the early proceedings did not go well for the Wolverines.

They went three-and-out on their first series, as Notre Dame showed good pursuit after Denard Robinson's first, seven-yard run. Even worse, the Irish zipped down the field for a touchdown on the ensuing possession, opening huge holes for running back Cierre Wood. Right now, Notre Dame looks better in the trenches, and that could be an early warning sign for Michigan.

Also, Troy Woolfolk did not start at cornerback for the Wolverines after wearing a cast in warm-ups. Without him, the defense might have trouble covering Michael Floyd and the other Irish receivers.

But it's early, even here at night. Remember Michigan got off to a shaky defensive start last week and recovered nicely.