Michigan at Notre Dame: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online

Michigan and Notre Dame are two of the most storied programs in the history of college football.

The programs have squared off 41 times in their history but haven't done so since 2014 in a game that the Fighting Irish won in convincing fashion. That day, the Irish beat the Wolverines 31-0, but a lot has changed since for both programs.

These teams enter the 2018 college football season with lofty expectations, and a victory on Saturday night would get each of closer to reaching them. As for the loser in South Bend, Indiana? Let's just say a defeat in such a high-profile game is not an ideal start to a fresh campaign.

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 1 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Notre Dame Stadium -- South Bend, Indiana
TV: NBC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Storylines

Notre Dame: You'll have to forgive Notre Dame fans if they seem a bit nervous at the moment. They aren't worried about playing Michigan -- at least, not more than they should be -- they're worried about what recent history suggests for their beloved Fighting Irish. You see, Notre Dame won 10 games last season. It's the third time Notre Dame has won at least 10 games in a season under Brian Kelly. In 2012, the Irish won 12 games and followed it up with a 9-4 season in 2013. In 2015, Notre Dame went 10-3 and then followed it up with a 4-8 flop in 2016. Can Notre Dame avoid the same drop-off in 2018?

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh's first two seasons at Michigan went well enough. No, the Wolverines didn't beat Ohio State and struggled against the Big Ten's best, but they still went 20-6 in those two seasons. It was the first time Michigan had won 10 games in consecutive seasons since doing so in 2002 and 2003. Then last year happened. Michigan went 8-5 last season despite having an amazing defense, largely because of offensive line struggles and injuries at quarterback. They've upgraded the quarterback position with Shea Patterson, but will that be enough to launch Michigan into Big Ten title contention? Saturday night's game against Notre Dame should provide a clue.

Prediction, picks

Honestly, just flip a coin. There's a reason this spread is what it is, and I can't pretend to have a clear read on how the game will go. Both teams have questions on their offensive line, and both have stout defenses. Odds are the team that doesn't make the big mistake will win this one. I'll err on the side of the home underdog. Pick: Notre Dame +1.5

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CBS Sports Writer

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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