Notre Dame-Michigan series cancelled for 2015-17

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The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Sept. 25) that the series with Notre Dame has been cancelled for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 football seasons. The Irish informed Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon prior to kickoff of the match-up Saturday in South Bend. [Read more…]

Michigan Wolverines Night Game Parachuters! (Videos)

Saturday night’s attendance in the Big House: 114,804, a new record for college football. Population of Ann Arbor, Michigan: 113,934. The first night game in the 133 year history of UM football, and it drew the biggest crowd ever.

And what a show they saw. Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31.

In a finish that was so fantastic, you would doubt its believability if you saw it in a movie. But if you want the game recap go here

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Michigan Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting 31: INSTANT CLASSIC and Rapid Reaction

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Tonight’s attendance in the Big House: 114,804, a new record for college football. Population of Ann Arbor, Michigan: 113,934. The first night game in the 133 year history of UM football, and it drew the biggest crowd ever.

And what a show they saw. Wolverines 35, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 31.

In a finish that was so fantastic, you would doubt its believability if you saw it in a movie.

Three marches down the field for lead changing touchdowns in the final 1:12. A lot happened all at once, so I’ll break it down for you again, key play by key play.

Like this year’s program marketing slogan states: “This is Michigan.”

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Notre Dame vs. Michigan: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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ESPN College Football Game Day will make a return trip to Ann Arbor for the first time since the 2007 season as the Michigan Wolverines host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the “Under the Lights” matchup kicking off at 8 p.m. EDT and will be televised on ESPN. That’s right the first night game in the 133 year history of UM football. Have to quote Kanye West and Rihanna here: “turn up the lights in here baby. Extra bright I want y’all to see this.”

It’s just too bad neither team is ranked; it would give the contest more oomph. At least there’s loads of tradition, as both schools are top 5 in all time wins and winning percentage.

Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football Game Day analyst, Desmond Howard, will be honored in conjunction with the game.

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ESPN Gameday Headed to Notre Dame-Michigan “All of the Lights!”

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ESPN College Football Game Day will make a return trip to Ann Arbor for the first time since the 2007 season as Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the “Under the Lights” matchup Saturday, Sept. 10, the cable network announced today (Aug. 5). The U-M-Notre Dame game kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT and will be televised on ESPN. Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football Game Day analyst, Desmond Howard, will be honored in conjunction with the game.

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Notre Dame vs. Michigan: the Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Here we go #1 vs. #2…not in the national polls mind you, as both of these teams are unranked. However, Michigan is number one all time in winning percentage (.737) and Notre Dame is second (.734).

In all-time wins, the Wolverines are first with 877, ND is third with 838. This match-up clearly doesn’t have the same sizzle as years past, but it does feature two decent programs in the rebuilding process. And we’ll learn who’s taken a step further in their development on Saturday.

And if you’re like me, someone who’s borderline sexually aroused by games with a lot of passing yards (ok, that’s bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea) then you’ll love this contest. Two fast, athletic and talented wide receiving corps squaring off against two mediocre-on-a-good-day secondaries.

There will be so much aerial combat, it’s time to cue up “Highway…..to….THE DANGER ZONE,” Kenny Loggins’ theme from “Top Gun.” This will be a better show than what Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez saw last week.

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover (and a second game that week that interests me); with a heavy focus on my three “home teams” Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

By Paul M. Banks

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