When: Saturday, Sept. 6; 7:30 p.m. ET
Last meeting: Devin Gardner tallied 376 yards of total offense and accounted for all five of 17th-ranked Michigan's touchdowns in a 41-30 home win over No. 14 Notre Dame last September. It was the Wolverines' sixth win in its last eight meetings with the Fighting Irish.
What to watch for
Who ever thought this Midwest rivalry would ever end? Sadly, though, this is the last scheduled meeting between the teams due partly to Notre Dame's newest scheduling commitments as part of the school's admission to the ACC in all sports except football. With at least four ACC opponents on the slate each year, some traditional foes had to be dropped, and that included the Wolverines.
The talking heads will spend a lot of time reminiscing about past matchups, but this last one should be as good as any if both teams are able to play as well as they did in their openers.
Michigan unveiled a new offense under coordinator Doug Nussmeier, one that features converted tight end Devin Funchess as a wide receiver, and it paid off in a huge way. Funchess caught three touchdown passes from Devin Gardner, and with so much attention put on that tandem, it allowed Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith to combine for 285 yards and three TDs on the ground.
"There are promising signs that coach Brady Hoke might have found a tailback combination that is going to give Michigan the sort of power rushing game that was a staple under Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr," the Associated Press' Dave Hogg (h/t Yahoo Sports) wrote after the 52-14 win over Appalachian State.
Notre Dame also looked like a team of old, thanks to the return of quarterback Everett Golson after a season-long academic suspension. Golson was more a game manager when he piloted the Fighting Irish into the BCS title game after the 2012 season, but now with more experience and maturity, the offense has been built around him.
Golson threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns and also scored three rushing touchdowns in the 48-17 win over Rice. Running backs Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Cam McDaniel added 169 yards on the ground, with QB Malik Zaire chipping in another 58 yards on two attempts.
Last year's game was the second-highest point total in the series' history. With the rivalry likely to go out with a bang, expect even more points, but also look for Michigan to steal one on the road.
Prediction: Michigan 40, Notre Dame 35
Final: Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0