In a remarkable bit of serendipity, it turns out that Michigan and Notre Dame will break off their long-running series after the 2011 season. From ESPN.com:
Michigan won’t settle for just any opponent when its football series with Notre Dame takes a break after the 2011 season, the school’s athletic director says.
Michigan will play a national power from a major conference, most likely in a home-and-home series, athletic director Bill Martin told The Ann Arbor News for a story posted on its Web site Tuesday evening.
"There are a lot of teams Michigan would like to play and who would like to play Michigan," Martin said.
Martin declined to name names but said he’s been approached by several schools.
Let’s hope that one of those teams is our Bears. As Hydrotech wrote before in our most controversial post to date, while it’s rather unfortunate that while THE Ohio State University (seriously, what is up with that?) decided to cancel our series with them in 2012-2013, it does leave us with other opportunities. Like the opportunity to schedule a habitually underachieving Big Ten foe whose fans somehow got more riled up about our dis of Ohio State than their own fans did. Maybe it’s an inferiority complex.
Still, just like Ragnarok suggested, our Bears have an open date in 2012. So do the Wolverines. The two haven’t played since the 1950 Rose Bowl. And we are a national power from a major conference. Sandy Barbour, make this happen.