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The Irish will be aiming for redemption when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the Michigan Wolverines for the final time before Notre Dame's scheduling agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference begins in 2014.
When these two storied programs last met at Michigan Stadium—Sept. 10, 2011—the Wolverines overcame a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to stun the Irish, 35-31, in, perhaps, the most memorable game of the rivalry.
Brady Hoke was in his first season as head coach of the Wolverines at the time, and he is aiming to return his program to the BCS after finishing the 2012 season with a rather disappointing 8-5 record, including a 33-28 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
Electrifying quarterback Denard Robinson has since taken his talents to the NFL, as he was drafted 135th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a hybrid running back/wide receiver during the weekend.
Devin Gardner, who started the final five games at quarterback for Michigan last season, will continue in the starting role, though depth is a concern due to backup Russell Bellomy having suffered a torn ACL during spring practices.
Having struggled to move the ball against Notre Dame last season in a 13-6 loss at Notre Dame Stadium, there's reason to believe the offensive woes against the Irish will continue, as head coach Brian Kelly has eight returning starters on the defensive side of the ball.
However, the Wolverines have not suffered the agony of defeat at Michigan Stadium in Brady Hoke's first two seasons on the job, though the Irish could end that impressive streak.