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Michigan v Notre Dame

Michigan v Notre Dame

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The X’s and O’s can wait.

For now, the buildup for Saturday’s Notre Dame-Michigan clash has centered on history. The verbal volleying pertaining to the significance of the series continued Monday.

“It is [a historic rivalry] for us,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “Everybody looks at things differently.”

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly downplayed the significance of the series Sunday, saying he hadn’t “seen it as one of those historical, traditional Notre Dame rivalries.”

“I’ve seen it just as one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played,” Kelly said.

The matchup takes a break after the 2014 season.

“ESPN ‘GameDay’ has been here six times for this game,’’ Hoke said. ‘‘That’s pretty significant if they’re coming to this campus or to the campus in South Bend. So, it must have some sort of national appeal.”

“Coaching in a lot of places, and maybe it’s just me, but I know that whenever Michigan and Notre Dame was on TV, I was going to be watching it. I know people in Corvallis, Ore., were going to be watching it — for one reason or another.”

Kicking concerns

Notre Dame will evaluate its kicking game this week after the Irish went 0-for-2 on field goals Saturday against Temple.

“On the [39-yard] field-goal attempt by Nick [Tausch], just a bad kick,” Kelly said. “Was thick and heavy on it and just a bad ball. Kyle [Brindza], clean kick, he just pulled it. It was a [44-yard] kick, he struck it well, just pulled it.

“We’re going to live with a miss here and there. We can’t have a technically bad kick, which we had with Nick. We’ll make a decision on where we go with that. Nick has good mechanics, generally, he didn’t have on that kick.”

Rees honored

Quarterback Tommy Rees was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He went 16-for-23 with three touchdowns and a career-high 346 yards against Temple.


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