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:
Michigan-Notre Dame football series is set to resume in 2018, per source. Official announcement expected tomorrow around noon.
— Ryan Krasnoo (@RyanKras) July 7, 2016
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.