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Notre Dame vs. Michigan: Rivalry Renewed

The Notre Dame and Michigan rivalry has it all: proximity, longevity, legendary names, championships, controversy and yes, bad blood!

For the 43rd time Saturday night the wolverines play the Irish.

A three year hiatus since that game, the layoff is an all to common occurrence in a long series marred by cold shoulders and controversy.

Only 43 meetings since 1887, the year that Michigan, came to South Bend and taught Notre Dame the game of football.

Then in 1910, the first of two attempts to cancel the series all together.

A feud between then coach Fielding Yost and Knute Rocke would put the match up on hold until 1942.

Two years later another attempt by Michigan to boycott Notre Dame continuing to deepen the bitterness in the rivalry.

Notre Dame and Michigan would not play again until 1978.

Thanks to Bo Shembeckler and friend Ara Parseghian the rivalry would be renewed.

The legendary names and the unforgettable moments.

The battle on the field and a war of words off it.

From the die-hard fans to the famous fight  songs.

Under the lights, the champions of the west and the loyal sons.

Bad blood at Notre Dame Stadium as the rivalry is renewed!


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