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There Are 78 Days to Michigan Football

Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Jonathan Daniel

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry will be taking an unscheduled hiatus in a couple years. Some of Michigan's most classic games have come out of that series, and 1978 provided a sublime resumption of activities. I say resumption because you see, the two teams didn't play for 35 years after a game in 1943. This game, with Joe Montana and Rick Leach under center on both sides, was the first time Bo Schembechler faced Notre Dame.