The Michigan and Notre Dame game this past weekend was considered by many to be the most intriguing matchup of the week. After all, you had Michigan and Rich Rodriguez on one side and Notre Dame and new coach Brian Kelly on the other side. The matchup is always compelling, but with both teams winning their games in week one, even more intrigue was added to the game.â†µ
The game certainly lived up to the hype, as it came down to the final play, with Michigan winning, 28-24, after Dayne Crist's pass sailed out of the end zone to end the game. Thanks to the hype going in and the thrilling game that happened once play got underway, the ratings did very well for NBC.â†µ
The Wolverines' 28-24 win Saturday in Brian Kelly's second game as Notre Dame coach drew a 4.5 rating and 10 share. That's the highest since a 4.7/11 for the No. 4 Irish's 41-17 win over No. 19 Penn State on Sept. 9, 2006.â†µ
According to the AP, this was the highest-rated Michigan-Notre Dame game since 2002, when the Wolverines lost, 25-23.