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Initial Betting Line Released For Michigan-Notre Dame

Jim Harbaugh catching a pass during warmups prior to a Michigan football game.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines warms up with the team prior to their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There are going to be a lot of ranked matchups in Week 9, but Michigan-Notre Dame could be among the most interesting. The No. 8 Fighting Irish will head to Ann Arbor to face the No. 19 Wolverines in a game that could reassert both teams.

Notre Dame had a bye this past week, while Michigan is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Penn State.

But despite Michigan's recent loss to Penn State and lower ranking, the Wolverines will still be favored in this matchup.

According to Circa Sports via Pete Sampson, Notre Dame has opened up as a four-point underdog against Michigan.

Notre Dame narrowly won last year's matchup, and three of the last four. In those three losses, the Notre Dame defense held the Wolverines to a combined 23 points.

Nevertheless, there's plenty of reasons for Michigan to be favored - not the least of which is that both of their losses so far have come against top-ten teams.

As bad as Michigan has been as the underdog under Jim Harbaugh, they perform a lot better as the favorite.

Will the Wolverines recover from last night's loss and secure the win against the Fighting Irish?