The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is one of the bigger rivalries in college football.
This rivalry has spanned decades. It has featured legendary players and legendary teams. Through the years, the enmity these two fan bases feel towards one another has not changed. Stephen Nesbitt, a writer for the Michigan Daily, posted a photo to Twitter of what appears to be a “Beat the Irish” sign outside of Notre Dame’s stadium. Not surprisingly, that sign was soon removed.
Now, though, fans of these teams have to start wondering how many more times these two teams will play each other. The Fighting Irish’s athletic program just entered the ACC and although Notre Dame has not given up its football independence, it has promised to schedule five ACC football opponents each season.
The Irish have multiple rivalry games that the school’s fan base looks forward to watching ever year. It will be interesting to see whether or not the annual games against the likes of Michigan, USC, and Navy, among others, will stay intact.
Certainly, right now, the most important challenge for the Irish is to secure the school’s first victory against Michigan in the Brian Kelly era. The program looks to be turning the corner this year, and a win against the “Maize and Blue” would be another solid step in Notre Dame’s quest to return to a major college bowl game.