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Michigan plans its 2014 Revenge Tour, puts Notre Dame series on hiatus

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

It's been a pretty busy day for scheduling news in Ann Arbor.

It was announced earlier on Wednesday that Michigan and Utah had agreed to a home-and-home series that will begin in 2014 and see the Utes play in the Big House for the first time since they upset Michigan in 2008.

Which means that Michigan will be playing both Utah and Appalachian State in the first four weeks of the 2014 season. That's a whole lot of revenge there for the taking. Unfortunately, the two games between the Appalachian State opener and Utah game aren't against Toledo and Colorado -- Colorado will make a trip to Ann Arbor, but not until 2016 -- but against Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio).

Speaking of Notre Dame, Michigan made another scheduling announcement on Wednesday as well.

Though the two schools have played every season since 1985, both Michigan and Notre Dame announced that the annual series between them will be put on hiatus for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The two schools plan to resume the series afterward.

It's not the first time the schools have taken some time off from one another, as they did not play in 1983 or 1984, and never met between 1910 and 1941 or 1944 and 1977.

Here's hoping that the time off isn't nearly as long as those gaps, not just because it's a matchup between two of the most storied college football programs in the country, but because the annual meeting has become one of the better September games on the schedule each season.

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