By Ashley Scoby
Could the storied Michigan-Notre Dame football rivalry begin again? On the Big 10 coaches’ teleconference this week, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh said it could be a possibility, although the schools aren’t currently scheduled to play each other in the foreseeable future.
“I’d probably have a conversation with Coach (Brian) Kelly about that before anybody else,” he said. “I think that’d probably be the best course of action. That’d be my action plan, have a conversation with Coach Kelly about it. I would be open to it, yes.”
And apparently, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has cracked open his side of the door, too:
The last time the two schools met was last year, when the Fighting Irish shut out Michigan, 31-0. But the Wolverines lead the all-time series, 24-17-1 (a .583 winning percentage). The first time Notre Dame and Michigan met on the gridiron was in 1887, when Michigan won 8-0. Michigan opened the series in the late 1800s on an eight-game win streak before Notre Dame notched its first win in 1909. The sole tie in the series actually came much later, in 1992: Both teams were ranked in the top 10, and the final score remained knotted at 17-17.
When Harbaugh was a player in Ann Arbor (from 1983-86), his team played the Fighting Irish twice and won both. Michigan won 20-12 in 1985 and 24-23 in 1986.
Notre Dame has won six of the last nine matchups against Michigan, since 2006.