Michigan, Notre Dame to resume series in 2018

Michigan announced on Thursday that it has resumed its football series with rival Notre Dame starting in 2018.

It's what the people wanted ever since it ended.

Michigan announced on Thursday that it has resumed its football series with rival Notre Dame slated to begin in 2018, four years after the rivalry went on hiatus.

"This is a game that holds great significance for the student-athletes and coaches who compete on the field," Athletic Director Warde Manuel said in a statement. "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."

The Irish will host the Wolverines on Sept. 1, 2018 for the season opener with U-M playing hosts on Oct. 26, 2019.

U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh says his football program is looking forward to the challenge of facing off against Notre Dame, saying the rivalry brings out the best of both programs.

"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," Harbaugh said in a statement. "We look forward to facing Coach Brian Kelly and the Irish in the coming years."

The Wolverines lead the all-time series 24-17-1 with Notre Dame having the last win, a 31-0 victory over the Wolverines in 2014.

U-M also announced it has canceled its 2018 match-up against Arkansas to make room for the Irish on the schedule. The game against Rutgers on Oct. 26 will move to an open date of Sept. 28, 2019.


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