When the annual Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry matchup went by the wayside a few years ago, one of the most anticipated non-conference matchups was terminated.
The game was halted in 2014, but the two schools were able to come to an agreement for a brief renewal in a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. Last year, the Fighting Irish defeated the Wolverines 24-17, but Michigan gets a chance at revenge this season in Ann Arbor.
But what about after this fall? Are the two teams planning anything in the future? Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel would like to get some sort of schedule in place for the two programs, but nothing is really in the works at the moment.
“We haven’t talked about anything recently,” Manuel said, according to MLive.com. “We have talked in the past about wanting to continue but in the last few months, no, we haven’t talked about it.”
Michigan and Notre Dame met regularly on the gridiron since 1978, and though they didn’t clash every year, it had become one of the sport’s top rivalry matchups each fall. Now, there’s a question as to when the programs will meet again after 2019.
“I’ve been working on some other scheduling things and so has (Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick),” Manuel said. “We both have the interest to do it in the future, just not sure when.”
Michigan leads the all-time series against Notre Dame 24-17-1, but the Irish have dominated the head-to-heads recently, winning three of the last four meetings.
The two teams will meet on Oct. 26 in Ann Arbor this fall.