NN ARBOR -- Michigan's first big road test of the season is a week away, and the Wolverines will enter it as an underdog.
Michigan opened as a 6-point underdog for its upcoming game at No. 17 Notre Dame on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The line subsequently moved down to 5 1/2 points later Sunday afternoon, per VegasInsider.com.
The unranked Wolverines beat Appalachian State, 52-14, at home on Saturday. Notre Dame topped Rice, 48-17 in South Bend, Indiana.
Notre Dame is currently without five members of its roster, including three starters, due to an ongoing academic scandal investigation.
Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson, who missed all of last season due to academic troubles, returned Saturday against Rice -- going 14 of 22 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Golson also ran for 41 yards and three more touchdowns as the Fighting Irish put up 576 yards of total offense.
Saturday's game will be the final installment of the current Michigan-Notre Dame series, as the Fighting Irish opted out of the current deal prior to the 2012 game in South Bend.
Michigan leads the all-time series 24-16-1. The Wolverines are 9-9-1 all-time in South Bend.