ESPN's College GameDay Makes Right Call Heading to Notre Dame vs. Michigan

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2013

Sep 22, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan Wolverines line up at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Buckle up, Michigan fans, ESPN's College GameDay is stopping by in your neck of the woods. Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and the rest of the gang will set up shop in Ann Arbor for the historic matchup next week between Michigan and Notre Dame.

College GameDay made the announcement, per its Twitter account:

Once again, the right decision was made. Notre Dame and Michigan have provided some of the best college football contests over the years. The last four meetings have been decided by seven points or less, including a well-fought defensive battle last season, which Notre Dame won 13-6.

This year's matchup should be highly entertaining, as both programs entered the season ranked in the Top 20 of the AP Poll. They also looked impressive in the season opener with Michigan beating up Central Michigan 59-9 and Notre Dame controlling Temple 28-6.

The rivalry will also involve plenty of emotions due to trash talk during the offseason.

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke claimed Notre Dame was "chickening out" of the annual series. Those comments didn't exactly sit well with Irish players, as Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix fired back, per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports:

Oh, it should be a good one.

Other Week 2 matchups that were likely considered include Florida-Miami and South Carolina-Georgia, but neither can match the history of a Notre Dame and Michigan meeting. It's one of those games that captures the entire country and will continue to do so with both prestigious programs chasing a national championship bid.

The game will be played Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be just the second night game in Michigan Stadium history.