Michigan-Notre Dame: Rivalry’s Resurgence Sets Stage for Big Matchup on Saturday

Posted by Jay Nicols on September-7-2009 Add Comments

Michigan-Notre Dame has not always been a fierce rivalry. In the 1880s, Notre Dame decided it wanted to play football. They looked at no other place than the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Already a decent football program, Michigan showed Notre Dame the game of football in 1887. For the next few years they would play and Michigan would always win, dominating the games on the scoreboard.

It was not until 1909 that ND got its first win over Michigan, 11-3. It was also the last game Michigan and Notre Dame would play until 1942.

Because Fielding Yost felt the Irish used an ineligible player in 1909, he tore the friendship up, and a hatred brewed. He never played Notre Dame again.

In 1942, Michigan and Notr...

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