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Michigan and Notre Dame will head separate ways under prime time lights

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Michigan and Notre Dame will play in prime time for the fourth consecutive season. On Thursday both schools announced the official kickoff time for the 2014 game, which will also be the final installment in the series for the foreseeable future. No future games between the two historic college football powers have been scheduled.

Since Michigan and Notre Dame started playing their rivalry games in primetime, if you in fact refer to these as rivalry games, Michigan leads the series 2-1.The two games in Ann Arbor were offensive shootouts, with the Wolverines winning 35-31 in 2011 and 41-30 last season. Notre Dame won a defensive battle in South Bend, 13-6 in 2012.

Notre Dame confirmed the kickoff times for six home game sin the 2014 season. The Irish will host Michigan for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Notre Dame Stadium on September 6. The following week Notre Dame will play Purdue in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium for another 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The Purdue game is this year’s Shamrock Series game for Notre Dame, continuing a trend of playing on a neutral field in an NFL stadium. Both games will be aired on NBC. Notre Dame’s remaining home games will be scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, with all home games airing on NBC.

Notre Dame’s road games are still to be determined. Notre Dame plays Syracuse in MetLife Stadium two weeks after the Shamrock Series game in Indianapolis. Notre Dame also plays at Florida State, Arizona State and USC. In addition, the Irish take on Navy in FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on November 1. Kickoff times for those games will be announced at a later time. The road games against ACC opponents will likely be confirmed when the ACC maps out their television coverage plan for the upcoming season.

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11 Responses to “Michigan and Notre Dame will head separate ways under prime time lights”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Feb 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    Brian Kelly = Chicken
    Signed, Brady Hoke.

  2. gorilladunk says: Feb 20, 2014 6:57 PM

    @elway….I hope to hell Kelly isn’t chicken…otherwise, Hoke will probably eat him!

  3. ajarkoski says: Feb 20, 2014 7:11 PM

    I am sure it came down to the one with the best wiggle room to get out of the series with. Of course, there are locks like USC, NAVY, etc. Had to fit 5 ACC games + SHAMEROCK series + at large games. Michigan had their time. And then there is that little history of vetoing the Domers entry into the BIG TEN. Is that Karma? Naw, just a swift kick in the A$$.

  4. rocket1988 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:12 PM

    Chicken? Go ask Michigan fans who opted out the series the first two times. Besides, UM needs to bring App. St. back so they can try and even the series. Go worry about your MAC games B1G schools.

  5. irishdodger says: Feb 20, 2014 8:48 PM

    Where was the outrage when these two teams didn’t play from the 40s through the 70s? I loved it when Skip Bayless & Mark May were both exposed as liars when they both claimed that the ND/UM was a game they never missed on TV growing up…except they didn’t play each other over those decades. Hilarious. Nobody looks at history anymore.

  6. 11thstreetmafia says: Feb 20, 2014 9:54 PM

    Notre Dame is picking up Texas in Michigan’s place. Let’s see who the Wolverines pick up. Central, Eastern, or Western Michigan perhaps?

  7. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 20, 2014 9:59 PM

    11thstreetmafia says:
    Feb 20, 2014 9:54 PM
    Notre Dame is picking up Texas in Michigan’s place. Let’s see who the Wolverines pick up. Central, Eastern, or Western Michigan perhaps?

    Dear dumbass……Michigan is picking up Arkansas, Utah, UCLA, Florida, Oregon State, and Virginia Tech in future schedules. Also, and I think this may matter a smidge, it wasn’t Michigan’s idea to run and hide.

  8. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 20, 2014 10:00 PM

    11thstreetmafia says:
    Feb 20, 2014 9:54 PM
    Notre Dame is picking up Texas in Michigan’s place. Let’s see who the Wolverines pick up. Central, Eastern, or Western Michigan perhaps?

    Dear dumbass……Michigan is picking up Arkansas, Utah, UCLA, Florida, Oregon State, and Virginia Tech in future schedules. Also, and I think this may matter a smidge, it wasn’t Michigan’s idea to run and hide.

    Yours truly,
    reality.

  9. 28wagglesince96 says: Feb 21, 2014 1:20 AM

    This game will be the beginning of the end for the hoke era in Ann Arbor. Go irish

  10. ttalarico says: Feb 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    Come on people, dropping Michigan was a scheduling issue, nothing more, nothing else.

    And take it easy on those Michigan fans on who they replace ND with. I heard if it’s Western Michigan, the line on it is even so it will be a hard game for the Wolverines!

    Go Irish!

  11. manik56 says: Feb 25, 2014 10:31 PM

    And I was worried Purdue would never get to play in Lucas Oil. Good for them.

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