Notre Dame’s NCAA punishment removes one of Michigan-ND’s biggest stakes

Michigan football and Notre Dame are still set to face off in Week 1 of this college football season in a matchup of two college football bluebloods, even if the regular season seems like decades from now.

A battle between programs with this kind of history will always have plenty of importance. Jim Harbaugh’s team needs to capitalize on the talent it accumulated in previous recruiting classes and take some of the stink off a bowl loss to South Carolina and an underwhelming National Signing Day. Notre Dame likely wants to show everyone that it is truly #back after five straight finishes outside of national title contention.

This game was going to pit the two all-time winningest programs in college football history against each other. Michigan had the all-time lead with a .730 winning percentage, while Notre Dame trailed with .728. Whoever won would have college football’s all-time winning percentage.  But alas, that won’t happen.

The NCAA’s decision to vacate all 21 of Notre Dame’s wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons drops the Irish’s winning percentage to .711, leaving Michigan comfortably in the lead.

No. 2 in all-time winning percentage is now Boise State with .724. Ohio State is next, followed by Oklahoma and Alabama.

I’ll bet you still won’t have to search too hard to find some drama about this game, though.

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