Michigan football won't play Notre Dame in 2018-19, announces future games with Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV
After seeing each other for 16 straight seasons, Michigan and Notre Dame will take a short break.
The Michigan football program announced several additions to its future non-conference schedules Wednesday, and also reaffirmed a two-year hiatus with the Fighting Irish in 2018 and 2019.
According to a university release, Michigan and Notre Dame will not play each other during that two-year stretch, but do intend to "resume the rivalry in the years following."
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After taking a two-year break in 2000-2001, the Wolverines and Fighting Irish have met each of the past 10 seasons. The series will continue to be an annual event through 2017 before taking the two-year break.
In 2010, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said neither school had actually signed the previously agreed-upon 20-year contract, and that the series would eventually get a two-year break beginning in 2018.
The two-year break allows both clubs to schedule home-and-home series with other opponents.
Michigan has won five of the last six meetings with Notre Dame, and leads the all-time series 23-15-1.
Also on Wednesday, the university unveiled its non-conference foes for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and part of the 2016 year.
In 2014, Michigan will officially take part in the Big Ten-Pac-12 scheduling alliance by hosting Utah at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 20.
The Wolverines will open the 2014 season with a home game against Appalachian State on Aug. 30 before visiting Notre Dame on Sept. 6. From there, Michigan will host Miami (Ohio) before welcoming in the Utes -- who most recently handed Michigan a 25-23 home-opening loss in 2008, the first game of Rich Rodriguez's tenure in Ann Arbor.
In 2015, Michigan will pay a return visit to Utah when it opens the season on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Salt Lake City. The date will mark the first time in Michigan history that the Wolverines will play a football game on a Thursday night. It will also be the first game played in the 2015 college football season.
Also in 2015, Michigan will host Notre Dame on Sept. 12, Oregon State on Sept. 19 and UNLV on Sept. 26. The Wolverines are 4-0 all-time against Oregon State, with the most recent meeting resulting in a 31-12 win in Ann Arbor in 1986. Michigan has never played UNLV.
The 2016 schedule presently has two open non-conference dates, but does include a road game against Notre Dame on Sept. 10 and a home game against Colorado on Sept. 17.
Michigan is 3-1 all-time against Colorado, including a 27-3 win to open Michigan's 1997 national championship season.
The most memorable moment in the Michigan-Colorado series, though, came in 1994 when former Buffalo quarterback Kordell Stewart hit Michael Westbrook with a 74-yard hail mary touchdown pass as time expired, giving Colorado a 27-26 win in Ann Arbor.