No Michigan-Notre Dame football game in 2018, 2019

Michigan and Notre Dame won't play in football in 2018 and 2019, the Wolverines announced on Wednesday.

"Both schools intend to resume the rivalry in the years following," Michigan said in a release announcing their non-conference opponents through 2016.

The Wolverines and Irish will meet each of the next six seasons before taking the 2-year hiatus, including this year in a night game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22.

The 2013 game will be played at Michigan Stadium on September 7th. The Irish will host the 2014 game on September 6th. It's back to Ann Arbor in 2015 on September 12th and back to South Bend in 2016 on September 10th. The 2017 date has not been officially announced but will be played at Michigan.

The Wolverines beat Notre Dame in the first ever night game at Michigan Stadium this past season in a 35-30 thriller.

Michigan was Notre Dame's first opponent in football beginning in 1887. The Wolverines won the first eight games in the series before Notre Dame beat Michigan for the first time in 1909.

After Notre Dame's win in 1909, the two football powers did not play again until a 2-game series in 1942 and 1943. Since 1978, the two programs have played each other more regularly but have often taken 2-year breaks.

This year will mark the 11th straight year Notre Dame and Michigan will play each other, that's the longest consecutive stretch in the rivalry's history. The consecutive games streak will reach 16 years in a row before taking its hiatus in 2018 and 2019.

Originally, Notre Dame and Michigan agreed to a 20-year extension to begin this season but the contract was never signed.

Michigan leads the all-time series 23-15-1.


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