Is Notre Dame vs. Michigan really back on in 2018? What are the five things that matter if the two renew their rivalry?
– According to a tweet from Ryan Krasnoo from SI.com, Michigan and Notre Dame are going to announce that their longtime rivalry is back on in 2018 after halting the series after 2014. Notre Dame won 31-0 – it wasn’t even as close or as interesting as the final score might indicate. Having Jim Harbaugh around – assuming he’s still the Michigan head coach in three years – should make this just a wee bit more interesting.
– Notre Dame already has most of its 2018 schedule set with Ball State, Syracuse, Stanford, at Virginia Tech, Pitt, Navy (in San Diego), at Northwestern, Florida State, at Wake Forest, and at USC already signed on. It needs one more game after taking on Michigan, with September 1st, 15th and October 6th all open. But it’ll likely be the season-opener because …
– Michigan was supposed to start 2018 against Arkansas, but according to another tweet from Krasnoo, Bret Bielema is getting the boot – for a hefty payout. The Wolverines also have an open date on September 8th, but that’s when the Irish are supposed to play Ball State. Obviously, you do NOT reschedule Ball State.
– The Wolverines still need one more team to play on September 8th – assuming the Catholics vs. Khakis game is on the 1st. They face SMU on the 15th, and then it’s Big Ten schedule time kicking off with Nebraska on September 22nd.
– What Does This Really Mean?
Cool. One of college football’s greatest rivalries is returning.
Even though the two storied schools are just 175 miles apart, they’ve only played 42 times going back to the 1800s with Michigan leading the series 24-17-1.
The rivalry hit its peak with seven straight epic thrillers from 1988 to 1994 – highlighted by the Rocket Ismail performance in 1989, taking two kickoffs for scores in the 24-19 Notre Dame win – before taking a break until 1997.