Sep 3, 2013
- Saturday, September 7, 2013
- 8:12 p.m. ET
- Michigan Stadium (109,901); Ann Arbor, Mich.
- ESPN national telecast with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis), Heather Cox (sideline), Bill Bonnell (producer) and Derek Mobley (director).
- MG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
- All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.
- Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 256 of its previous 298 games (.859) overall. Notre Dame has played before 627 sellouts in 899 total games (.697) since 1930.
- Notre Dame (UND.com), Michigan (MGoBlue.com)
- Notre Dame was ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll and No. 11 USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll. Michigan was ranked No. 17 in both preseason polls.
- Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
- This year’s meeting will mark the 41st meeting between Notre Dame and Michigan, with the Wolverines holding a 23-16-1 series lead.
- Michigan scored touchdowns in the final 27 seconds of regulation to capture three consecutive meetings (2009-11). The Irish forced six turnovers and intercepted Denard Robinson five times in last season’s, 13-6, victory at Notre Dame Stadium.
- More on the series history is available on pages 2-6.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- Notre Dame has won 11 consensus national championships, while Michigan has won nine.
- Notre Dame has 866 career FBS victories (third all-time), while Michigan leads with 904 career wins, although the Wolverines have played nine more seasons than the Irish.
- Michigan owns an all-time winning percentage of .7341 (904-315-36), while Notre Dame owns an all-time winning percentage of .7339 (866-301-42). The Wolverines and Irish rank first and second, respectively, in all-time NCAA winning percentage.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
- Notre Dame is 11-0 under Brian Kelly when playing an entire game without committing a turnover. (Page 16)
- Ten freshmen made their Notre Dame debut against Temple including Jaylon Smith (start), Max Redfield, William Fuller, James Onwualu, Cole Luke, Corey Robinson (start), Issac Rochell, Greg Bryant, Tarean Folston and Devin Butler. (Page 9)
- Notre Dame has played 17 games decided by a touchdown or less since the arrival of Brian Kelly in 2010. The Irish went 2-5 in the first seven such games, but have since gone 9-1. (Page 17)
- Notre Dame gained over 15 yards on eight different first-down plays, including four plays that exceeded 25 yards. Of the 543 yards of total offense accumulated vs. Temple, 328 of those yards were gained on first down. (Page 9)
- Over the last 28 meetings (dating back to 1979), the Notre Dame-Michigan game has been decided by seven points or less on 18 different occasions. (Page 3)
- ESPN’s College GameDay will make its sixth all-time appearance for a Notre Dame and Michigan contest. (Pages 13-14)
- Among college coaches with at least five years of service or 50 victories at a school that was classified as a major college, Brian Kelly reached the 200-win barrier in the fifth-fewest games (270). (Page 11)
- Notre Dame’s four touchdown drives last week vs. Temple covered 324 yards and took just 14 offensive plays (23.1 yds/play). The Irish also had four different receivers register a reception of 25 yards or longer. (Page 9)
- Brian Kelly is one of seven FBS coaches that have guided their respective schools to an undefeated regular season since 2009. Three of those head coaches, including Kelly, have done it on multiple occasions. (Page 11)
- Among college coaches with at least five years of service or 50 victories at a school that was classified as a major college, Brian Kelly became the second youngest to reach 200 career victories. (Page 11)
- Zack Martin and Nick Martin became the first set of brothers at Notre Dame to start on the offensive line together since 1978 (Dave and Tim Huffman). (Page 17)
- No FBS defense has allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the 14 by Notre Dame over the last 31 games. Alabama has limited its opponents to 15. (Page 19-20)