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Michigan, Notre Dame set to renew rivalry after short-lived break

The college football world lost one of the great rivalries last year, as Michigan and Notre Dame failed to play . However, it appears that the break in the series and the hard feelings it created are all water under the bridge.

According to a report from a reporter at WLNS sports reporter Jay Sarkar, the two sides will announce the renewed rivalry plans tomorrow.

That report was backed up by Michigan alum and Sports Illustrated reporter Ryan Krasnoo.

It also apparently means the end of the Arkansas game for the 2018 season and a decent sized financial hit.

However, it isn’t like Michigan can’t afford it after signing a massive apparel deal with Nike to rep the Jordan brand in the coming years and a massive TV rights deal that is set to take effect in 2017 too.

The last time these two rivals tangled it wasn’t pretty leading up to the game and the series didn’t have a happy ending for Michigan either. Notre Dame took down the Wolverines 31-0 back in 2014, and it seemed as if the break would be much longer than three years when it was all said and done.

It also appears that Notre Dame now sees Michigan as a worthy adversary now that Jim Harbaugh is at the helm. Whether the on-field results match the hype is yet to be seen, but no doubt the attention will be far greater on this series with Harbaugh potentially at the helm and Michigan certainly better off than under Brady Hoke.

No word on if this will be an annual thing for the two teams like it had been from 2002 to 2014 or what the terms of the series will be.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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