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Report: Florida State to host Notre Dame in ’14

Apr 9, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

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With Notre Dame’s football alliance set to start with the ACC in 2014, one of the first big pieces of scheduling news broke today. Rivals’ affiliate reports that Florida State will host the Irish in ’14.

Consider this the first of hopefully many announcements for athletic director Jack Swarbrick and ACC commissioner John Swofford, as they’ll be aligning the rest of the Irish sports into conference play starting next school year.

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Notre Dame and Arizona State reportedly cancelled a game scheduled for 2014 last week, a move that aids Notre Dame’s ACC football obligation. Adding FSU gives Notre Dame three ACC opponents in 2014 (Syracuse, Pitt, FSU) to date.

A date for the FSU-ND game could not be confirmed, but one source told that FSU and the ACC are clearing the deck to play the game early in the season. The plan is to move up FSU’s game with The Citadel – currently scheduled for Sept. 13 – to Sept. 6, the week following the season opener with Oklahoma State. Spacing out the marquee out of conference games sets up the potential to play the FSU-Notre Dame game in September. An early season matchup between traditional powers is also logical for the league as an impact game in Year 1 of Notre Dame’s ACC membership.

When looked at logically, the news that the Irish will play Florida State isn’t all that surprising, considering the Irish need to get to five ACC games starting in the ’14 season. While it may be a departure for a Seminoles squad that usually schedules patsies until conference play, this revival of a once fierce rivalry will be great for both program’s fanbases, especially if it’s an early season match-up.

Don’t expect to hear much from Notre Dame or Swarbrick on upcoming schedules until their are completed. While the news that the Irish dropped their trip to Tempe might be true, we won’t likely know anything official until the rest of the scheduling cards have been dealt.

As of now, the ’14 season is rather intriguing. We can lock games against Pitt, Syracuse and Florida State in as three ACC games (with two potentially to go), and a match-up against Temple is confirmed for Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. A home game is on the books against Northwestern, as well as the final installment of the Michigan series. With annual dates against Navy, Stanford and a season finale at USC, you start to see some of the inflexibility start to rear its heads, especially considering games with Rice, Purdue and BYU have also been rumored.

  1. papadec - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I love it! It’s great for ND in many ways – the ACC commitment, recruiting in Florida & the SE. Thank you Jack – keep up the great AD work.

    • steeldominance - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      I agree. Itl be sad to see some of the ND rivalry games go away, since just about every team they played every season was a rivalry. At the same time, its exciting to play some new teams and start new rivalries. Will love to watch the Irish beat up on the Noles in South Bend.

      • 25kgold - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        I’m hearing now that ND is having to break contracts (one of them being with ASU on a multiple game contract already signed) so that we can make room for ACC schools on our schedule and comply with them. Have to have five game slots available for ACC schools I think

  2. 25kgold - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Great read about Notre Dame’s performance in the National Championship Game:

  3. 25kgold - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    ESPN will be at the spring game!!

  4. mtflsmitty - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I’d love to suit Charlie Ward’s ass up and let our boys beat on his ass. He was one hell of a college QB.

    Lots of speed down there. Should be a start of a great every other year series.

  5. fnc111 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    It only helps recruiting if you win the game. Maybe by 2017 Kelly will have an offense. Oh wait he’ll be in the nfl by then. How bout dropping a crap team off the schedule. Thanks for screwing us valley of the sun domers over. Was looking forward to the tilt in Tempe.

    • 123rkc - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      I’ve been reading these articles/comments for some time. Never have I seen you make a valid point. You are allowed to have an opinion and express that opinion. Just do the university a favor and try to censor yourself when posting on an ND based site or take your opinions somewhere else. Realize the possible implications that your obvious disdain for Kelly and the current state of the program could have on potential recruits or even other fans. Perhaps one more year of on the field success will change your opinion? Who cares though. You remind me or Randy Quaid’s character from major league. A cynical, fair weather fan with nothing constructive to offer. Go home fnc. Give your ND apparel and tickets to fans who would value them.

  6. 4horsemenrideagain - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Yawn. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  7. tlndma - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Word is Meatchicken will back out of 2014 game.

  8. stedward - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    While I love the idea of playing Florida st, I don’t like breaking contracts. I hope this somehow doesn’t leave Arizona St out there. I don’t like screwing teams over any more than we have to.

  9. jem5b - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    SBT is reporting the ASU games are on.

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