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ESPN Releases Prediction For Michigan-Notre Dame

Michigan's Khaleke Hudson lays a hit on Notre Dame RB/WR Jafar Armstrong.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: Khaleke Hudson #7 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Jafar Armstrong #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

One of the most critical matchups of next weekend in college football will be Michigan-Notre Dame. The two longtime rivals will meet in primetime with plenty at stake.

For the 5-1 Irish, a victory is imperative if they want to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. Notre Dame has to run the table in order to have a shot at another playoff berth.

For the 5-2 Wolverines, Saturday's game marks an opportunity to bounce back from a frustrating loss at Penn State. It is also a chance for Jim Harbaugh to get a much-needed key win over a marquee opponent.

ESPN's early projection for the game is out. Despite the fact Michigan is at home, the Football Power Index favors the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame has a 62.2 percent chance of winning, according to the FPI.

These two teams used to meet every year, but the series has been played less frequently in recent years. After a three-year hiatus, the storied programs met in South Bend to open last season, with Notre Dame winning 24-17.

Michigan still leads the all-time series though with a record of 24-17-1 against the Irish. The last Wolverine win over ND came in 2013, coincidentally during a night game in Ann Arbor.

Michigan-Notre Dame will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.