School spirit

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The Amer­i­can col­lege foot­ball sea­son be­gins this month, and week one de­liv­ers an old-school, tra­di­tional-pow­ers grudge match. Michi­gan vs Notre Dame (Sep 2) is a ri­valry that dates back to 1887, with mu­tual ex­cel­lence sus­tain­ing it – Michi­gan has won the most games in col­lege his­tory, Notre Dame had the most cham­pi­onships un­til re­cently. But it’s more than that: the two schools bear gen­uine an­i­mus, stem­ming from the anti-Catholic sen­ti­ment of Michi­gan coach Field­ing Yost at the turn of the cen­tury. Yost con­vinced other schools in the Mid­west not to play Notre Dame; in­stead the Fight­ing Ir­ish went all over the coun­try to play, be­com­ing the first na­tional foot­ball power. If for no other rea­son, watch this game for the two uni­ver­si­ties’ fight songs, which are truly the best in all of col­lege foot­ball.

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