This Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines will be doing battle against their fierce rivals, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, for what appears to be the last time for a long time. Last season, the Wolverines defeated the Irish 41-30 under the lights in The Big House. Here are a few things that you may not know about the University of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame was established in 1842 near South Bend, Indiana. It was founded by Father Edward Sorin, who also happened to be the university’s first president. Notre Dame translated into French means “Our Lady Of The Lake” which is referring to the Virgin Mary.
Notre Dame’s football history goes all the way back to 1887 when the University of Michigan’s football team played against a group of Notre Dame students. This began the rivalry and Notre Dame football.
Notre Dame is coming off an above average 9-4 season with good wins against Michigan State, USC and Arizona State. They also defeated Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York. They opened their season in a strong way last Saturday with a blow out victory against Rice, 48-17.
Notre Dame will be looking to bounce back from recent struggles against the Maize and Blue this Saturday night. I expect this to be a very close but high-scoring game. This game will definitely shed some light on the rest of the season for both teams.