Programs, get your programs. Notre Dame football began with a game in 1887 that pitted Notre Dame students against a football team from the University of Michigan. Now in its 125th season, Notre Dame football is celebrating its "Strong and True" tradition with a year of special events, recognitions, products, publications and media activities. Program covers are available through Historic Football Posters. p(image-left). !/assets/72858/original/stillpoint_web_750.jpg(Notre Dame football programs)!