Brian Kelly: Return of Notre Dame-Michigan series 'trending up'

Have you looked at Notre Dame's 2015 schedule? There's something weird about it.

There's no Michigan. In fact, not a single team from the Big Ten is to be found on it. Given Notre Dame's location, and the fact it has three long-running rivalries with Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue, it seems somewhat sacriligious.

It's of Notre Dame's own doing, of course, as the school decided to put an end to its series with Michigan in 2012, with last year's meeting being the final scheduled game. Brian Kelly says the separation may not last very long, however.

"I think it's trending up," said Kelly during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. "It's something that we need to get in line to get that going. I think that's something that everybody wants to get going and get Michigan back on the schedule. I think that sentiment is coming back to the forefront of where college football needs to be and some of those classic rivalries coming back together. I know we're going to be working hard to see if we can get that done.

"I think we're going to see it happen."

That's good news, but it'll be interesting to see how it returns. After all, the reason Notre Dame gave for dropping Michigan was that, after agreeing to a deal with the ACC in which the Irish play five ACC opponents per season, the school was running out of available dates. So when it came to choosing which rivalries it wanted to keep going, Notre Dame chose Stanford and USC because it makes sure to play at least one game in the fertile recruiting grounds of California every season.

If Michigan returns to the schedule, does it replace Stanford or Michigan? Or will the Irish just be adding another Power Five program while removing a Group of Five opponent?

Frankly, I don't care, and neither should you. Notre Dame and Michigan should do whatever it takes to make sure their rivalry lives on.

Brian Kelly believes we'll be seeing a sight like this again soon. (USATSI)
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Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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