Notre Dame ends Michigan series

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A bit of sad news for college football fans today, Notre Dame has decided to end their series with the University of Michigan. ND exercised a three year out option and because of that the series will end in 2014. The current deal between the teams was supposed to go through 2017 with a two year break to follow. That means the earliest we can see these two schools on the gridiron is 2020.

The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Tuesday, Sept. 25) that the football series with Notre Dame has been cancelled for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Irish informed Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon prior to kickoff of the match-up Saturday (Sept. 22) in South Bend, Ind.

“The decision to cancel games in 2015-17 was Notre Dame’s and not ours,” said Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “We value our annual rivalry with Notre Dame but will have to see what the future holds for any continuation of the series. This cancellation presents new scheduling opportunities for our program and provides a chance to create some new rivalries.”

The Wolverines and Irish have met on the gridiron 40 times, the most for Michigan against any non-conference opponent. Michigan holds a 23-16-1 all-time record against Notre Dame, one of the U-M’s three main rivals along with Michigan State and Ohio State.

The final two games in the rivalry will take place on Sept. 7, 2013, at Michigan Stadium, and the following year on Sept. 6, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium. Both schools agreed to a break in the series during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The future of games scheduled to be played in 2020 and beyond has yet to be determined. (University of Michigan)

As a fan of Notre Dame, I’ll be sad to see this series go. The two have been rivals for many years now and it’s
always been a game circled on the calendar. The games are almost always close and exciting to watch.

The one positive hear is that the USC and Stanford games are still on the schedule. The one question I have is this, does Notre Dame remove any other games from the schedule? I don’t think they will.

This and the next couple years they’ve had four ACC games on the schedule, so they only needed to free up one date for the fifth. There’s a chance that it can happen for flexibility but I’m not sure they will, unless they want a cupcake game.

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