Mich.-ND series to get 2-year break

Updated: July 10, 2012, 2:43 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Michigan and Notre Dame will take a two-year break in their long-running rivalry in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, though both schools intend to resume the series in the following years.

The Wolverines announced the hiatus while releasing future nonconference schedules for 2014-2016 on Wednesday.

Michigan and Notre Dame have played every season since 1996, the second year of another two-year break. The Wolverines hold a 23-15-1 all-time edge in the series. Many of the games over the years have been classics, including the Wolverines' 35-31 victory last year in the first night game ever at the Big House. The two schools will meet under the lights this year in South Bend.

Michigan also announced that it would play three Pac-12 opponents from 2014 to '16: Utah, Colorado and Oregon State. The Utes will come to Ann Arbor in 2014 and host Michigan in 2015, while Colorado visits the Big House in 2016. The Wolverines will also host Oregon State in 2015.

Other future nonconference games include Appalachian State (2014), Miami (Ohio) (2014) and UNLV (2015).

The game against Appalachaian State will the schools' first meeting since 2007, when the FCS school stunned the Wolverines 34-32 at the Big House, blocking a field goal attempt in the final seconds.

Michigan still has two open dates for the 2016 schedule.