michigan vs notre dame

Today, the wishes of many fans for both colleges has come true. Michigan vs Notre Dame will once again become a thing in 2018. It was announced today that in 2018 and 2019, Michigan and Notre Dame will take on each other at the others field. The first match up in this old rivalry is on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, while the next game takes place in Ann Arbor on October 26, 2019.

With Notre Dame and Michigan getting the rivalry back open for at least two more years, that means Michigan had to cancel a home/home series against an opponent and that victim was Arkansas. Michigan had to cancel the games in 2018 and 2019 against the Razorbacks and even had to reschedule a game with Rutgers from October 26 to September 28 in 2019. The move will cost Michigan $2 million.

Warde Manuel, Michigan AD, said “This is a game that holds great significance for the student-athletes and coaches who compete on the field. A great deal of credit goes to coach Harbaugh and coach Kelly for initiating the discussion of scheduling this series. This rivalry is also important for the fans of both programs, and we look forward to renewing one of college football’s great rivalries.”

Of course Harbaugh had to comment on this news saying, “The competition between Michigan and Notre Dame has created a fair, healthy and productive rivalry over time, and it brings out the best in both programs. We look forward to facing Coach Brian Kelly and the Irish in the coming years.”

The rivalry ended in 2014 as Notre Dame exercised an opt-out clause in the rolling contract. Manuel said that they are talking about making the rivalry extend longer than after the 2019 season, adding “scheduling is a fluid process, and we need to be strategic in the way we schedule out into the future.”

michigan vs notre dame

History of the Rivalry

There have been 42 games played in this rivalry and Michigan has been the better team, leading the series 24-17-1. The series is actually used to having some hiatuses during it, this is the eighth one since the series began in 1887.

Michigan won the first eight games in the series, winning from 1887 until 1908. Notre Dame would get it’s first win in the rivalry in 1909, then the series would go on hiatus. The two schools planned on playing in 1910, but before the 1910 game, Michigan head coach Fielding Yost protested that Notre Dame let two ineligible players play and cancelled the 1910 meeting when Notre Dame didn’t bench the two players. Yost wouldn’t schedule Notre Dame for any future games, making the rivalry between Yost and Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne even deeper. After he cancelled the series, Yost rallied the Western Conference (the Big Ten Conference), to not allow Notre Dame in and to not allow anyone in the conference to play against the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame would play against east and west cost teams due to the boycott, such as USC and Army, and didn’t play Michigan again until 1942.

The rivalry would be played again in 1942 and 1943, with each team winning a game then they would take a 35 year break on it, bringing it back in 1978. From 1978 until 1982, Notre Dame won three of the five contests and the rivalry went on another hiatus, this one only last two years.

The next series of games went from 1985 until 1994, with Notre Dame winning five of them, Michigan had four wins and the first and only tie in the series came up in 1992 with the final score being 17-17. After the 1994 season, the rivalry was on hiatus again for two years.

1997 to 1999 was the next series of games with Michigan winning two of the three, one being the championship year in 1997. The final hiatus before this one lasted until 2001 as they played from 2002 to 2014, with Michigan getting seven of the 13 wins with Notre Dame winning the last game 31-0, the largest victory they have ever had against Michigan.

Overall, this rivalry has had some crazy moments, games and incidents. With Harbaugh being the coach at Michigan in 2018 and 2019, it will make it even more crazy. Now he can recruit kids to try and take down the Fighting Irish, giving him more recruiting tools to get kids to come to the school. This renewal should be great for both schools and for college football itself. Michigan vs Notre Dame is a rivalry that has been around for a long time and it brings in a lot of fans and makes the game exciting to watch.

 

Brandon Knapp covers NCAAF for MyFantasySportsTalk.com

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