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Kelly and Hoke differ on importance of Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry game

Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly

ANN ARBOR, MI (WTVB) - The Michigan-Notre Dame game coming up Saturday night in Ann Arbor will be one of the major highlights of week two of the season but where it ranks in terms of rivalry matchups for the two schools depends on which head coach you listen to. On Sunday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he didn’t see it as one of those historic, traditional rivalries. Michigan coach Brady Hoke yesterday was asked about Kelly’s comments and said everybody’s got an opinion but Hoke left no doubt about where he stands on the 41st meeting between the Wolverines and the Fighting Irish, calling it a great rivalry that started in 1887. The two teams faced off in the first night game at Michigan Stadium in 2011. Following next year’s game in South Bend, the series will take what is expected to be a prolonged break. The Wolverines opened their season with a 59-9 blowout over Central Michigan while Notre Dame downed Temple 28-to-6.

Meanwhile, Michigan State hopes to wake up its sluggish offense this week when they host South Florida on Saturday. M-S-U’s defense carried the load in their 26-to-13 win Friday night over Western Michigan.

Last night in college football, 11th-ranked Florida State was a 41-to-13 winner at Pittsburgh.