Michigan breaks a date with Bert.

Good to see this game come back.

In order to make room for it, though, something’s gotta give.  In this case, it’s the home-and-home the Wolverines scheduled with Arkansas.  How bad do they want out?

This bad.

Can you put a price tag on karma?

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20 responses to “Michigan breaks a date with Bert.

  1. ND schedule should be loaded in 2018 as UGA is also included.

  2. JCDAWG83

    Two things at work here in my opinion. First, Michigan/ND is a great natural rivalry matchup. Second, I’m thinking Harbaugh wants to limit his exposure to any legit SEC opponents as much as possible.

    • The other Doug

      Arkansas is better than Notre Dame?

      • JCDAWG83

        I don’t know who will be better in 2018 but I’m pretty sure Arkansas will be a legit SEC team and Harbaugh is wanting to make inroads in recruiting SEC states. Losing to an SEC team wouldn’t help his cause. He can lose to ND and the press’s crush on ND would paint it as a “good” loss. A loss to Arkansas would be painted as an embarrassing loss to a middle of the pack SEC team by a Big 10 “power”.

      • Macallanlover

        Usually, certainly comparable, imo. Wonder if ND will ditch us in 2019 after we play there next year, would not surprise me (especially if they have Michigan back on the 2019 schedule.)

      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        I think so. Certainly more dangerous, and in fairness to Michigan, less of a draw.

  3. Hardcoredawg 93

    I doubt Harbaugh is afraid to play Arkansas. He simply knows that game is a great tradition for Michigan as well as nationally and his program will get a ton more out of it than playing a 2nd tier SEC team.

    • ltrftc

      “get a ton more out of it”
      Largely this. The Arkansas game has more downside to it than up for Harbaugh. Having dismantled UF in the bowl game and taking his traveling circus on the road for satellite camps, he’s already getting the traction he wants relative to the SEC. There is no reason for him to expose the team to a possible loss to a team that has been middle-bottom of the SECw for a while now (even if trending up). Michigan/ND should be a very winnable game for him and in the event that it goes poorly, it will just fuel the ND hype machine and look like a quality loss.

  4. rchris

    Seems I remember we tried to schedule a home and home with Michigan a few years back and they haughtily told us that since we were a “second tier” team the only way they would consent to play in Athens once was if we played them twice in Michigan. How did Arky get a home and home with them? (Although in vain, I know).

    • JCDAWG83

      We had a home and home scheduled with Michigan in the mid 60s. Georgia beat Michigan in 1965 at Michigan and Michigan backed out of the return game and has never offered to make it up. Typical low class yankee move.