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What You Need To Know: Michigan

Michigan coach Brady Hoke, left, and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, right, have squared off four times. Kelly's Central Michigan team bested a Hoke-led Ball State three times, and Hoke and the Wolverines topped Kelly and the Irish last season

No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame


Game Facts
Date: Sept. 22, 2012
Site: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBC
Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).
Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (19-10, third season), Michigan — Brady Hoke (13-3, second season).
Series Facts: This will be the 40th meeting between the two teams, with Michigan holding a 23-15-1 advantage. The Wolverines have won the last three straight games, including last year’s 35-31 victory in the final seconds in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan Prime Personnel: Offense — Senior quarterback Denard Robinson has continued his one-man show for the Wolverines in the early going of the 2012 season. In the first three games, he posted a team-high 351 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while completing 55 percent of his passes for 699 yards with six scores and four interceptions. Defense — Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan started 11 games last year, lining up at both outside linebacker and defensive end. He has 20 stops, including two for loss, and a pair of passes defended.
For The Record: Michigan has beaten Notre Dame by a combined 12 points in the last three meetings — each of which resulted in s Wolverines come-from-behind win with less than a minute to play. A two-yard rush by Denard Robinson with 27 seconds left in 2010 in South Bend, and a 16-yard strike from Robinson to Roy Roundtree with two seconds remaining last fall at The Big House was how Michigan introduced the rivalry to Irish head coach Brian Kelly … The two teams have met every year since 2002 and will continue to do so until 2017. The schools are scheduled for a two-year hiatus after that, and Notre Dame’s recent non-football deal with the ACC requires the Irish to play five ACC teams per year. It’s unknown if the rivalry will resume in 2020 ... Michigan has won five of the last six meetings.

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