•Notre Dame (1-0) at Michigan (0-0)
Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr has mounted a soapbox to rail against one of the evils of college football. Agents? Scholarship limits? Lee Corso? Nope. Carr is fuming because Notre Dame played a game last week and Michigan didn't. He has suggested that the Big Ten propose a rule change that would require every Division I-A team to begin its season on the same weekend.
Carr is surely aware that since 1987 the Wolverines' record in openers is 0-5-1 against the Irish and 6-0 against other teams. His stance has drawn support from an unlikely Michigan ally. "I've spoken to Lloyd about it," Ohio State coach John Cooper said Sunday after a 23-12 loss to Miami. "I don't I understand why everybody doesn't start on a certain date. Hey, Penn State opened on Saturday. [If we hadn't played this game] they would have had an extra two weeks of practice on us." Cooper is referring to the fact that a team that plays a late August game is allowed to start practicing earlier in the summer.
Carr, like most coaches, has a selective memory. He made his coaching debut in the 1995 Pigskin Classic, in which Michigan defeated Virginia 18-17. As far as anyone knows, his concern for fairness didn't extend to Illinois, which opened its season a week later by losing to the Wolverines 38-14.
But let's give Carr the benefit of the doubt and say that he's right to worry. The Irish will spoil another Wolverines opener.