Cheer for Old Notre Dame... and Michigan, Too

Notre Dame and Michigan meet on the football field in South Bend, Ind., Saturday. But the best battle may involve the bands. According to one ranking, the schools have the two best fight songs in the nation.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

This weekend in college football, number one plays number two: Michigan at Notre Dame. What, you say? Notre Dame is only number two in the current A.P. rankings and Michigan is number 11. Who cares about football? We're talking about fight songs.

A few years back, William Studwell put out a book called College Fight Songs: An Annotated Anthology, in which he ranked most of the major college anthems in America. Number one? Notre Dame's victory march. And number two? The Victors, from the University of Michigan. Mr. Studwell has no dog in this fight song fight. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, which didn't even make his top 25, and is professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, which came in at number 23. Professor Studwell has said, Notre Dame's fight song makes you feel good and cheery and lively and all that. Michigan's The Victors isn't jolly; it just kind of overwhelms you. It stomps.

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Fight Songs: Compare and Contrast

Notre Dame and Michigan have mighty football traditions... and fight songs to match. Here are the lyrics for two gridiron classics:

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