Update: Michigan has officially confirmed the news and the Wolverines and Irish will meet on Sept. 1, 2018 in South Bend, while the Irish will make their return trip to Ann Arbor on Oct. 26, 2019.
Original story below:
One of college football’s best non-conference rivalries is set to return.
Michigan and Notre Dame will resume their historic series in 2018, according to multiple media reports. The news was first reported by Ryan Krasnoo of Sports Illustrated.
Michigan-Notre Dame football series is set to resume in 2018, per source. Official announcement expected tomorrow around noon.— Ryan Krasnoo (@RyanKras) July 7, 2016
In order to make room for the Fighting Irish on the schedule, the Wolverines have reportedly pulled out of their match-up with Arkansas in 2018 and will pay a $2 million fee to buy out of it.
Michigan and Notre Dame have met 42 times in their respective histories with the Wolverines holding a 24-17-1 lead in the series. The Irish pulled out of the series in 2012, citing the need to put more ACC teams on its schedule in its arrangement with the conference. The last match-up saw the Wolverines fall 31-0 in South Bend in 2014.
Both sides have been working to renew the rivalry in the last few seasons and it appears it is returning sooner than we all thought.