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Michigan players said the break in the series will add to the intensity Saturday.

“That’s going to be huge,” Michigan right tackle Michael Schofield said. “That’s going to add to the atmosphere.”

Irish players said they always look forward to the game.

“It’s always a good game and they’re always a good team,” linebacker Dan Fox said.

Kelly said he doesn’t believe playing at Michigan for the last time in a while adds anything extra for players.

“They really don’t need any more motivation. There’s going to be over 100,000 people and it’s a very electric atmosphere. They’re not going to need any more motivation other than the team that they’re going to be playing against Saturday. That will be enough.”

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AP Sports Writers Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., contributed to this report.