Michigan and Notre Dame to Renew Rivalry with Home-and-Home Series in 2018-19
winningest programs in college football history, the University of
Michigan and the University of Notre Dame, announced on Thursday (July
7) the renewal of their storied rivalry with a home-and-home series
during the 2018-19 seasons.
The Irish will host the
Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium in the season opener on Sept. 1, 2018,
with a return trip to Michigan Stadium scheduled for Oct. 26, 2019.
is a game that holds great significance for the student-athletes and
coaches who compete on the field,” said Warde Manuel, U-M’s Donald R.
Shepherd Director of Athletics. “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
“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,” said Jim Harbaugh,
U-M’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. “We look
forward to facing Coach Brian Kelly and the Irish in the coming years.”
leads the all-time series with Notre Dame, 24-17-1. The Irish hold a
10-9-1 advantage in games played in South Bend and the Wolverines hold
a 14-7 record in Ann Arbor. U-M defeated ND in the only neutral site
game played between the two schools, a 23-0 victory during the 1902
season in Toledo, Ohio.
“We are having on-going
discussions regarding extending the series with Notre Dame but nothing
is finalized,” commented Manuel. “I look forward to working with Jack
(Swarbrick) to try to accomplish this common goal while striving to
achieve a balance of seven home games each season. Scheduling is a
fluid process and we need to be strategic in the way we schedule out
into the future.”
To make room for the return of the
rivalry with the Irish, the Wolverines have come to an agreement with
the University of Arkansas to cancel the series and will fulfill the
obligations set forth in the contract. The Big Ten Conference home game
against Rutgers, currently scheduled for Oct. 26, will move to the open
date on Sept. 28, 2019.
Manuel added, “While it’s never
easy to change football schedules, I appreciate Arkansas’ Jeff Long
understanding of the need for this change, as well as Rutgers Athletic
Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Ash for agreeing to change the date of our
conference game so we could bring this Notre Dame rivalry back to the
Additional Series Notes
· U-M is one of
only 13 teams that have a winning record against Notre Dame, and the
Wolverines’ seven-win edge in the series is the highest win
differential in any of those series.
· Michigan has a 10-6 record against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium.
· The series is knotted 8-8-1 in games played at Notre Dame Stadium.
· The two schools last met during the 2014 season, a 31-0 victory for the Irish in South Bend.
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MICHIGAN-NOTRE DAME SERIES FACTS:
Series Record: Michigan leads 24-17-1
Michigan Points: 884
Notre Dame Points: 742
Record at Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 14-7
At Michigan Stadium: Michigan leads 10-6
Record at Notre Dame: Notre Dame leads 10-9-1
At Notre Dame Stadium: Series tied 8-8-1
Record at Neutral Site: Michigan leads 1-0
Games decided by 3 Points or Less: Notre Dame leads 4-2-1
Games decided by 7 Points or Less: Tied 10-10-1
Longest Michigan Winning Streak: 8 (1887-1908)
Last 10 Games: Series tied, 5-5
Biggest Michigan Win: 38-0 (2003 and 2007)
Biggest Michigan Loss: 31-0 (2014)
Last Michigan Home Win: 2013 (Last Game)
Last Michigan Road Win: 2010 (Michigan is 0-2 since)
Last Notre Dame Home Win: 2014 (Last Game)
Last Notre Dame Road Win: 2005 (Notre Dame is 0-4 since)