Michigan won handily. Notre Dame did, too. And as Brady Hoke spoke at dusk on the first Saturday of college football, their confrontation beneath the lights loomed almost exactly one week in the distance.
"I didn't really think about it until we were done, in the locker room," the Michigan head coach said after his team's 59-9 thrashing of Central Michigan. "I think it gets you ready, because young kids have played in front of 112,000 people. I think there'll be a few more thousand next week. The atmosphere on campus, the atmosphere in Ann Arbor -- I would think -- would be electric.
"It's the last time Notre Dame's going to come to Michigan for a while. I would think that's got significance to it on both parts."
Now that Michigan and Notre Dame (a 28-6 victor over Temple) held serve in Week 1, they will meet next Saturday under familiar circumstances: The winner will improve to 2-0 and claim a top-10 national ranking, the usual prize when these Midwestern frenemies see one anoth...