2013 Notre Dame Football
Notre Dame Football and Michigan Football are benchmarks for prestigious programs in College Football. For years, beating Michigan has been the benchmark of a successful Notre Dame football season. For the most part.
Last year, Notre Dame beat Michigan on their way to a 12-1 season. In 2005, the Irish beat the Wolverines in the Big House. That year, the Fighting Irish went 9-3. In 2002, during the “Return to Glory” campaign, the Irish went 10-3 after beating Michigan 25-23 at Notre Dame Stadium.
There are some exceptions to this rule though. In 2004 and 2008, Notre Dame beat Michigan but ended up having mediocre seasons. They went 6-6 and 7-6 in those seasons respectively. Additionally, in 2006, the Irish finished 10-3.
When Notre Dame loses to the Michigan, since 2002, they are a combined 40-41. The record during this period is 5-7. Notre Dame has only won in the Big House once in the same time frame.
The lesson is that tonight will not determine definitely that the Irish will be good or bad. But, it will probably give us a good indication of whether or not this is a 10-2 team or a 8-5 team. As this history indicates for the most part, this is a must win for Notre Dame. By midnight, fans will know.