Notre Dame Series To Resume In 2018, Per Reports Comment Count

Brian July 7th, 2016 at 10:59 AM


The first person to reply to this post with "to hell with Notre Dame" or anything close to it will be banned. [Eric Upchurch]

The AP is now confirming that Michigan and Notre Dame will resume playing football against each other in the near future, as first reported by this dude:

Krasnoo says Michigan will eat a two million dollar buyout of "the Arkansas game", which I take to mean the entire 2018/2019 series since cancelling just the 2018 game at home seems super super unlikely.

The AP report says that the 2018 game will be played in South Bend, which would be crazy for Michigan and pretty odd for Notre Dame. Thanks to Good Ol' Dave Brandon even years going forward feature MSU/OSU on the road. Replacing a home game against an SEC team with another road game against a tough opponent doesn't make a ton of sense. Also thanks to the contract Brandon was blindsided with, ND got the final game before the series hiatus.

Meanwhile Notre Dame already has season-ticket tentpole games in 2018, when both Stanford and Florida State travel to South Bend. They've got USC at home in 2019; their second best home game is against Virginia Tech and third best is either Virginia or BC. It doesn't make sense for either program to have the series start in South Bend. We'll see, apparently soon.



July 7th, 2016 at 11:02 AM ^

Hopefully they aren't playing every year (2-on, 2-off would be my choice) so that we get some variation in OOC opponents. But yeah, this game should be played.



July 7th, 2016 at 11:28 AM ^

I agree this series should continue, but if the above reports are true then I would rather let the series remain dead.  ND canceled the series right before a game started to ensure that they have the last one at ND, and we are open to them hosting the next home game, while eating 2 million dollars, and ensuring even a more lopsided home/away schedule.  

TBH if this is the case then this would be a major blow the Manuel administration.  I can't imagine that this would be the deal we struck. 

Everyone Murders

July 7th, 2016 at 11:03 AM ^

Happy to see the games renewed.  I'm in the camp that viewed Notre Dame as our second rival (MSU's recent success against us may have altered my view) and one of my favorite rivalries.

But still ... .

To Hell with Notre Dame!


July 7th, 2016 at 11:54 AM ^

They are printing money at an obcene rate. $2MM is tip money at this point. I hate ND with the heat of a 1000 suns but this is a game that should be played. Fuck Bart and his pigs.






































OC Alum91

July 7th, 2016 at 11:54 AM ^

Good to play ND, but does it have to be in 2018 at the expense of Arkansas? I could wait til 2019 or 2020 to restart, not a big deal. Others more savvy can pipe in about better alternatives, but would suck if we get shafted by playing them away first and losing the home game....not good.

BTW, we do have history vs. Arkansas....Brady, A.Thomas, Sam Sword, Jay Feeley beat them in 1998 Citrus Bowl. Plus the whole Harbaugh/SEC thing and Harbaugh/Bielema storyline is good too.


July 7th, 2016 at 11:06 AM ^

We play @ Washington and home against VT in 2020. 


It has been suggested by several people to do a 2 on, 2 off setup. That would fit with the current schedule in 2020/21, then have ND back on in 2022/2023.


And yes, if we start at ND in 2018 that will be a MAJOR downer. I can't imagine our AD would agree to that.


July 7th, 2016 at 11:10 AM ^

I came to say to hell with Notre Dame but it looks like someone beat me to the punch.

Happy to see the series back on though, some of my favorite games I have been to have been against ND.


July 7th, 2016 at 2:25 PM ^

does it matter? ND will break the series whenever they feel it's convenient and we will come crawling back like we always do.

I would have been fine never playing them again.

and why do people care about a history with Arkansas? part f what makes college great is playing new teams. I see people toss around Georgia as a potential match up they would like to see, but no connection there.

I'd prefer to see UofM rotate power programs than to keep kissing ND'S ass.


July 7th, 2016 at 11:10 AM ^

If this isn't at home in 2018, I'm going to start to doubt the Warde hire. Unless he has already started working on getting the MSU/OSU scheduling debacle fixed in 2018, there's absolutely no reason for him to agree to this.


July 7th, 2016 at 11:12 AM ^

Warde Manuel would be dumber than Brandon if he agreed to play the 2018 game in South Bend. You give up a home game against an SEC team to play another rival on the road in the same year... WTF?!