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  1. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 8, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    Last season, every Saturday ended with the Victory March. While it wasn’t always pretty, the Irish found a way to win, even when out-gained, and sometimes out-played. Breaking in a young quarterback, reinventing an offense, and relying on a defense that played historically stingy, it was a season to remember. Saturday night reminded us that…

  2. Five things we learned: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30

    Sep 8, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It turns out Notre Dame’s quarterback nightmares didn’t end when Denard Robinson graduated. With the shoelace-less wonder gone to the NFL, redshirt junior Devin Gardner took his turn terrorizing the Irish, with the quarterback putting on a performance for the ages in Michigan’s 41-30 victory. Gardner passed for 294 yards and…

  3. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Louis Nix III

    Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: War with the Wolverines

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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    An all important snapshot will be taken of Brian Kelly’s football program on Saturday night. Tasked with their first big challenge of the season, we’ll see how quickly the Irish have turned the page from their historic ’12 season, building on the sizable momentum the program has quietly established over the past two-plus years. Nobody…

  5. Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry has always been complicated

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Knute Rockne

    By this point, we’ve talked the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry to death. Reaction has been swift and definitive: this match-up matters to a lot of people and to college football in general. But before we take our final digs into this match-up, I thought a history lesson was in order. And nobody is better to give…

  6. Michigan Mailbag: Now open

    Sep 4, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Mailbag

    Like we did last week, we’re accepting mailbag questions for tomorrow. If you’ve got any pressing questions, ideally pertaining to Michigan this weekend, feel free to put them in the comments, send them to me via Twitter, or send them via email. Far be it from me to tell anybody that they need to be…

  7. And in that corner…The Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 4, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Central Michigan v Michigan

    Whatever we’re calling the Michigan-Notre Dame game, it’s immensely important. Not just for the fans, but for the trajectory of each team’s season. For the Irish, Saturday night’s battle in the Big House kicks off a tough five game stretch that has the Irish facing three straight Big Ten teams to go along with Oklahoma…

  8. Mattison holds keys to Wolverine defense

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison

    If there’s a benefit of Notre Dame and Michigan taking a break after next season, it’s that Greg Mattison doesn’t have to answer the same questions year after year. The Michigan defensive coordinator, who held the same position at Notre Dame for a portion of his eight-year run in South Bend, clearly understands what this…

  9. Midwest recruiting scene just got a little more crowded

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Way back in June, we took a look at the lay of the land in the Midwest, and noticed how the recruiting world might be shifting a bit. Back then, big news was that Russell Wilson — given his walking papers by North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien — was signing on the dotted line…

  10. IBG: Turning the page to Michigan

    Sep 8, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

    Denard Robinson Manti Te'o

    As an 18-year-old freshman, I had no idea just what my first big-time college football game would be like. Sure, I had sat in a half-empty Metrodome once or twice, watching the hometown Gophers take one on the chin to a team like Houston or Purdue, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the absolute pandemonium…

  11. Mattison has seen both sides of the UM-ND rivalry

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Greg Mattison

    Saturday isn’t just another game for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. “I know it’s a huge rivalry for everybody involved in it,” Mattison said. “It’s Michigan. It’s Notre Dame.” He knows because he’s spent eight years on the opposite sideline, coordinating the Irish defense under Bob Davie and then staying on staff under Tyrone Willingham…

  12. Tuesdays with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 9

    We already covered the big news of the day, with Notre Dame shifting gears and going with Tommy Rees as the starter against Michigan Saturday night. If there’s one quote that encapsulates the decision, here it is: “You got to be productive,” Kelly said. “If you’re not, you should be looking over your shoulder. If…

  13. Opponent Preview: Michigan

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Denard Robinson Manti Te'o

    This is the second of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. The first installment was on South Florida. The Overview: When Michigan failed to woo favorite son Jim Harbaugh to Ann Arbor after waiting far too long to let go of Rich Rodriguez, athletic director Dave Brandon reached out to San Diego State…

  14. Night game at Big House will feature Big East refs

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    There’s nothing more annoying than blaming the referees for a loss. But a few close finishes in the Notre Dame-Michigan series and some uneven breaks in the 2009 game had Irish fans taking a hard look at some controversial decisions by Big Ten referees. While they won’t turn around any past losses, Notre Dame athletic…

  15. Irish and Wolverines unveil throwback uniforms

    Jun 11, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    After much discussion and debate, Notre Dame and Michigan have unveiled their throwback uniforms for the September 10 meeting between the Irish and Wolverines. Deemed “Under the Lights at the Big House” (Bravo Michigan marketing department), both teams strutted their retro look with official releases yesterday. The Irish are going psuedo old school, with the…

  16. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    brady-hoke

    Strange days lie ahead for the Big Ten, or whatever they’re officially calling the conference right now. (B1G?) As news broke that North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could be taking his talents to Madison, it solidified the fact that there’s near historic instability around the Midwest in college football, a recipe that should help…

  17. Kelly ruins Michigan’s throwback uniform surprise

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Dave Brandon

    Just a few days after poking Southern Cal’s athletic director, Brian Kelly seems to have Michigan’s athletic czar in a tizzy. First it was Pat Haden who wasn’t happy that Notre Dame decided to push their annual date with the Trojans to prime-time. (Even though we had to take a few shots at his rationale.)…

  18. Brandon learns coaching lesson the hard way

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    021110_SPT_Womens vs MSU_MRM

    After two offseasons of chaos, all is quiet under the Golden Dome. But the same can’t be said for life at the Big House, where the sloppy firing of head coach Rich Rodriguez has put Michigan fans into a fury that only had one way out: hiring Jim Harbaugh. Now that Harbaugh actually called the…

  19. Justice Hayes’ U-turn ends up with commitment to Michigan

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    In one of the more bizarre turn of events, Notre Dame has lost running back commitment Justice Hayes — one of Notre Dame’s most enthusiastic high school recruiters — who has decommitted from the Irish and in a matter of days given his pledge to the home state Michigan Wolverines. “I’m a Wolverine now,” Hayes…