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07:32 AM ET 09.02 | In what may be the last time for a while, Michigan hosts Notre Dame this Saturday in a matchup of traditional powers, something that apparently does not awe Brian Kelly. [The Irish coach] downplayed the rivalry Sunday when asked what might be missing when the two college football powers don't clash annually. "I really haven't seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries," Kelly said on a conference call. "I've seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played." ... "We're trying to do the best we can maintaining our independent status and our[relationship] with the ACC. We'd like to play everybody. Unfortunately we can't. There's going to be a little bit of hiatus on the game but we'll work hard to get them back on the schedule."

Chicago Tribune

Devin Gardner, Icon Sports Devin Gardner, Icon Sports
September 2, 2013  08:20 AM ET

I always thought each school had only one true "rivalry".

I'm just not sure who ND's true rival is. USC?

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September 2, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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Probably the devil

Very well could be.

September 2, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I always thought each school had only one true "rivalry". I'm just not sure who ND's true rival is. USC?

Boston College, Army or Navy!!

September 2, 2013  08:48 AM ET

I like the way ND schedules quality opponents ... Michigan, Mich State, OU, Stanford, USC ... but I don't want to see the Michigan game go by the wayside.

September 2, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Kelly sounds like Brown saying RRSO is just another game.... LOL

September 2, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I always thought each school had only one true "rivalry". I'm just not sure who ND's true rival is. USC?

While I am certainly not a Domer, I think I can provide insight to this issue. In recent years, ND has played three B1G schools (MSU, TSUN and Purdue). With their commitment to play five ACC games per year, ND had to reduce their B1G games by one. Much to the disappointment of TSUN, they were the odd man out. Historically, MSU and Purdue are more traditional rivals than Michigan.

September 2, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Historically, MSU and Purdue are much easier opponents than Michigan.

FIFY

September 2, 2013  09:13 AM ET
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Kelly sounds like Brown saying RRSO is just another game.... LOL

He doesn't see it as a rivalry because Michigan has the decisive edge in the series....................but ooh that Army 'rivalry', now that's .....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......

September 2, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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He doesn't see it as a rivalry because Michigan has the decisive edge in the series....................but ooh that Army 'rivalry', now that's .....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......

<chuckles>

Very interesting Wiki article on the ND/TSUN rivalry. Maybe Kelly should read it as well. Great background. Especially amusing is the subheading: "1887: Michigan Teaches the Game to Notre Dame." ;)

September 2, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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FIFY

This is a butt-hurt comment of a Wolverine fan. It kills you guys to find out that your relationship with ND is not seen by them as anything special (because, of course, it's always special to play against Michigan). Unfortunately for you guys ND remembers the past, when not only did Michigan refuse to play ND, they attempted to organize a mid-west schools boycott. MSU did not go along, and kept playing the Irish. For that, and the resulting long history of playing each other, we are in their top three, behind USC and Navy.

September 2, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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I always thought each school had only one true "rivalry". I'm just not sure who ND's true rival is. USC?

Good question. They pretty much play a "rivalry game" every week.

- USC
- Stanford
- Navy
- Michigan
- Michigan State
- Boston College
- Purdue
- Pitt, Army, Miami, Georgia Tech, Air Force, North Carolina, Northwestern, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, et cetera, etc.

Maybe the easier question to ask is who doesn't have a "rivalry" with Notre Dame?

September 2, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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<chuckles>Very interesting Wiki article on the ND/TSUN rivalry. Maybe Kelly should read it as well. Great background. Especially amusing is the subheading: "1887: Michigan Teaches the Game to Notre Dame." ;)

;p

thanks Harley.

September 2, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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This is a butt-hurt comment of a Wolverine fan. It kills you guys to find out that your relationship with ND is not seen by them as anything special (because, of course, it's always special to play against Michigan). Unfortunately for you guys ND remembers the past, when not only did Michigan refuse to play ND, they attempted to organize a mid-west schools boycott. MSU did not go along, and kept playing the Irish. For that, and the resulting long history of playing each other, we are in their top three, behind USC and Navy.

Take it easy there little brother................

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September 2, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Good question. They pretty much play a "rivalry game" every week.- USC- Stanford- Navy- Michigan- Michigan State- Boston College- Purdue- Pitt, Army, Miami, Georgia Tech, Air Force, North Carolina, Northwestern, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, et cetera, etc.Maybe the easier question to ask is who doesn't have a "rivalry" with Notre Dame?

EVERYBODY loves to beat those pretentious pricks, and with coaches like Faust, Davie, Willingham and Weiss they got their wish...........

September 2, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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I's say Navy, at least give em a chance to win some years.

Navy has been a tougher opponent that Army the last 30 years or so, at least they have players like Napoleon McCallum and such...................

September 2, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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I's say Navy, at least give em a chance to win some years.

Or Western Kentucky?

September 2, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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I always thought each school had only one true "rivalry". I'm just not sure who ND's true rival is. USC?

That's my choice. "Hated" the Trojans since the late 60's (when we didn't even play Michigan - Michigan State was the next biggest rivalry back then).

 
September 2, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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It kills you guys to find out that your relationship with ND is not seen by them as anything special (because, of course, it's always special to play against Michigan).

Unfortunately for you guys ND remembers the past, when not only did Michigan refuse to play ND, they attempted to organize a mid-west schools boycott.

MSU did not go along, and kept playing the Irish. For that, and the resulting long history of playing each other, we are in their top three, behind USC and Navy.

Yes, it IS a treat to play the WINNINGEST school in Division I history.

I remember Fielding Yost accusing ND, of cheating (shocker) and that was the reason (a reasonable one IMO)

Yes, MSU didn't go along and opted to side with someone OUTSIDE their conference instead of WITH their conference - such loyalty.

<looks at ND-MSU series records>

Yep, I can see why the ND faithful would want to keep that 'rivalry' on the schedule.

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