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The Wolverines have an NCAA-best .735 winning percentage in football and the Irish (.732) are second. Michigan leads all-time series 23-16-1.

“Michigan has always enjoyed and respected our national rivalry with Notre Dame,” Brandon said. “We understand there have been periods of times that we’ve had a hiatus to take a couple years off to play other teams and that was something we expected along the way.

“It’s unfortunate that it would appear we’re going to go a substantial amount of time between games. But that is a decision Notre Dame has made. Our job is to find opponents that are exciting for our student-athletes as well as our fans to replace Notre Dame.”