Historical Perspective: Michigan Week
Mike Monaco | Thursday, September 4, 2014
- Notre Dame and Michigan are meeting for the 42nd time. Michigan holds a 24-16-1 advantage in the series. Since the rivalry was renewed in 1978, the Wolverines claim a 15-14-1 edge.
- The first meeting between these teams took place in 1887 in South Bend, with Michigan winning 8-0.
- Michigan has won four of the five matchups with Notre Dame since Irish head coach Brian Kelly took over the program. Notre Dame lost by four points in both the 2010 and 2011 tilts.
- In the past eight years, only twice (2012 and 2013) have both teams been ranked when they’ve squared off.
- From 1942 to 2006 (25 meetings), both teams were ranked in 21 of the games. In all 25 matchups at least either Notre Dame or Michigan was ranked. In eight of the contests, both teams were ranked in the top 10 in the country.
Notable Moments:Top Performances Against Michigan:
- In No. 22 Notre Dame’s 36-20 victory over No. 5 Michigan in 1998, former Irish running back Autry Denson scampered for 162 yards on 24 carries.
- In the 1978 “reunion game” in South Bend, former Irish All-American Bob Golic amassed 26 tackles in a losing effort.