Notre Dame and Michigan announced today that their football series will resume in 2018 after what would be a four-year hiatus.
Here is our earlier report:
Ryan Krasnoo, a Michigan grad who covers hoops for SINow.com, reported early this morning that Michigan was going to pay a $2 million fee to Arkansas instead of playing the Razorbacks on Sept. 1, 2018. That date happens to be open on Notre Dame’s schedule at present.
If the Wolverines are so willing to pay a high exit fee, it stands to reason they believe they can make more than that in a game against Notre Dame. It’s possible that the two universities have a deal with a stadium partner for a Shamrock Series game on that date, which would certainly yield more for both sides. That would also be consistent with recent comments by Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, who has said he’d like the Irish to play a higher caliber opponent when the Shamrock Series returns in 2018 after a one-year break.
Michigan leads the all-time series against Notre Dame, 24-17-1, but the Irish bested the Wolverines during their last game,
37-0 31-0. Michigan has the most wins of any program in college football, while Notre Dame has the best winning percentage all-time.