1. The series is 13-13-1 since 1978 (modern era). All tied up.
2. Michigan is 8-5 at home and has won 4 of the last 5 games against ND.
3. Historically, Michigan has not done well vs. Notre Dame going into the game with a new HC:
1990: Michigan 24, at Notre Dame 28 (Gary Moeller 1st year)
2008: Michigan 17, at Notre Dame 35 (Rich Rodriguez 1st year)
4. The last two games have been very close losses for Notre Dame, fueled by very poor coaching decisions, turnovers and stupid penalties.
Both defenses are clearly not very good, but I highly doubt we'll see 1,000 yards of total offense exchanged and 70+ points scored in this game either.
As per usual, turnovers and special teams play will likely drive the outcome.
I would not rule out an historic OT finish in ND's favor (Ruffin game-winning FG kick anyone?).
Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Michigan 31