The rivalry of Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish has a long history between these elite college programs. The first game of Notre Dame vs Michigan was played in 1887, the first football game for the Fighting Irish. As the rivalry continued the Wolverines went on to win the first eight meetings of Michigan-Notre Dame. Finally, in 1909 Notre Dame was able to come out with their first win against Michigan. The two teams didn’t meet again until 1942, but the Michigan vs Notre Dame series didn’t become an annual series until 1978 and continued to 2014 when the Wolverines-Fighting Irish went on hiatus due to conference changes in the NCAAF.
The Michigan Wolverines are a member of the Big Ten, while Notre Dame is parts of the Independent conference. Beginning in 2014, Notre Dame would decide to play more games against ACC teams but agreements have already been made for the Wolverines vs. Fighting Irish game to resume after a three-year hiatus in 2018 and 2019. With Michigan and Notre Dame taking the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for the college football highest winning percentage, the rivalry between the two schools is heightened to see who will come up on top for the rankings. As of 2014, the all-time series record for Fighting Irish vs. Wolverines is 24-17-1, with Michigan taking a 7 game lead over Notre Dame.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend, IN) Notre Dame 31, Wolverines 0In the last Notre Dame vs Michigan rivalry game before the three-year hiatus, the Fighting Irish dominated the Wolverines, winning the game 31-0. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had an impressive game throwing three touchdown passes as the Fighting Irish defense kept the Wolverines out of the end zone. The 2014 win was the 17th for the Fighting Irish in the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, MI) Wolverines 41, Fighting Irish 30The Michigan Wolverines took a strong 14-point lead over Notre Dame in the first half, which the Fighting Irish weren't able to come back from. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardener played an impressive game as he threw 4 touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown during the rivalry game. Michigan’s wide receiver Jeremy Gallon had a career-high with three touchdowns and 184 yards receiving. Notre Dame was able to lessen the gap with a touchdown early in the 4th quarter but wasn’t able to gain a lead, ending the Wolverines-Fighting Irish game with a final score of 41-30 Michigan.