Notre Dame and Michigan Renew Rivalry

Notre Dame and Michigan are set to meet on the gridiron in 2018 after three-season hiatus.

15-15-1.

That’s the Won-Loss-Tie ledger between Notre Dame and Michigan since the two programs resumed regular matchups on fall Saturdays in *1978.

Now after a three-year breakup, the programs that rank 1-2 in total wins (Michigan leads) and winning percentage (Notre Dame) will tee it up again, first to open the 2018 season, September 1 at Notre Dame Stadium, then the following season on October 26 in Ann Arbor.

“Today is a great day for Notre Dame, Michigan and college football fans across the country,” Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said through a university release.

“Shortly after Warde Manuel was hired as Michigan’s athletic director, he and I began working to make this renewal of the series possible. That we could get games on the schedule as soon as ’18 and ’19 required a lot of work by our staffs and some great cooperation by the Big Ten, ACC and other schools that were on our future schedules.

“While the schedule commitments of both Notre Dame and Michigan make an annual series impractical, we’re optimistic that additional games can be scheduled in the future.”

Notre Dame won the last matchup between the teams, 31-0 in South Bend in 2014. Michigan had won six of eight matchups prior and leads the series in the new millennium 7-6.

The Wolverines took the 1990s by a 4-3-1 margin with the Irish winning the 1980s (5-3).  Both teams took home a road victory to conclude the 1970s, with Michigan winning in South Bend in 1978 and the Irish returning the favor in Ann Arbor in 1979.

(*Fittingly, the Irish and Wolverines split a home-and-home series played 35 seasons prior, 1942-43, as well. Michigan won eight of the nine games played between the programs from 1887 through 1909 and thus leads the series, 24-17-1.)

"I’m excited to see Notre Dame and Michigan, two brand-name programs, get back together on the football field,” said Irish head coach Brian Kelly. “Both programs have a long and storied history of success. We’re talking about the two winningest programs in all of college football.

“We’ve wanted to make this happen for quite some time. We wouldn’t be able to make today’s announcement without the work from Jack (Swarbrick) and other members of our administration. This is a win for everyone involved, not just those at either institution, but both fan bases and fans across the entire college football landscape.”

Twenty of the 31 games played between the programs since the series resumed in 1978 were decided by a margin of eight points or fewer.


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