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.