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Fenway Park appearance highlights 2014-16 slate

Dec 20, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

Jack Swarbrick

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Notre Dame’s football schedule for the next three seasons, finally unveiling the changes that came with the Irish’s scheduling arrangement with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

As Swarbrick promised, the Irish will play 15 ACC games in the next three seasons, though the 2014 schedule has just four games to accommodate Notre Dame’s game against Northwestern. He also continued his commitment to a 6-5-1 scheduling model, keeping the Irish’s annual neutral site home game, part of the astoundingly popular Shamrock Series.

While the 2014 date against Purdue has been announced, Notre Dame’s game against Boston College in Fenway Park in 2015 looks to be the highlight of the announcement. The Irish and Eagles will play the first football game in Fenway in 45 years, a hot Shamrock Series ticket for Irish fans in the area.

Other highlights on the schedule include a night game against Michigan next year, the last scheduled against the Wolverines, a trip to Florida State in mid-October next season and a rare visit from Northwestern. In 2015, the Irish will welcome Texas to the schedule and travel to Clemson, but play no Big Ten teams.

The Irish will travel to Austin to open the 2016 season against Texas, then welcome Miami to South Bend, renewing that rivalry as well. They’ll return to San Antonio for a Shamrock Series game against Army.

“Our schedules the next three seasons, combined with our 2012 and 2013 schedules, truly exhibit Notre Dame’s intention to celebrate our independence,” Swarbrick said in a statement.

“We will be playing in virtually every corner of the country and will have a strength of schedule that will serve us well in the new College Football Playoff format.”

Here are the next three Notre Dame football schedules:

2014
Aug. 30 RICE
Sept. 6 MICHIGAN (night)
Sept. 13 * Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. (night)
Sept. 27 at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 4 STANFORD
Oct. 11 NORTH CAROLINA
Oct. 18 at Florida State
Nov. 1 vs. Navy (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)
Nov. 8 at Arizona State
Nov. 15 NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 22 LOUISVILLE
Nov. 29 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

2015
Sept. 5 TEXAS
Sept. 12 at Virginia
Sept. 19 GEORGIA TECH
Sept. 26 MASSACHUSETTS
Oct. 3 at Clemson
Oct. 10 NAVY
Oct. 17 USC
Oct. 31 at Temple (Lincoln Financial Services Field)
Nov. 7 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 14 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 21 * Boston College at Fenway Park, Boston, Mass. (night)
Nov. 28 at Stanford
* Shamrock Series game

2016
Sept. 3 at Texas
Sept. 10 NEVADA
Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE
Sept. 24 DUKE
Oct. 1 at Syracuse (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)
Oct. 8 at North Carolina State
Oct. 15 STANFORD
Oct. 29 MIAMI
Nov. 5 vs. Navy (site TBD)
Nov. 12 * Army at Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (night)
Nov. 19 VIRGINIA TECH
Nov. 26 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

  1. italianirish - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    All of the post-bye week games seem to be against easy opponents (save for maybe miami in 2016). I know we don’t have a whole lot of flexibility on scheduling always, but that feels like a bit of a mistake.

    Otherwise, I like the look of these schedules. At Texas and at San Antonio should be good for recruiting in 2016.

    • irishdrg1 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Would really like to get a game in south Texas like Houston area, love bring the IRISH to TEXAS

      • dsharp86 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        In an article today on South Bend Tribune website Swarbrick says they will try to get to Houston at some point soon. Article is a good read if you have the time. There’s also another article today where he talks about field turf.

    • dickasman - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Wow all I know is 2013 schedule is lined up for a BCS run. Yeay! If bk can’t get it done w that schedule, show him the door to the Obama border.

  2. chadwalters425 - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    The two trips to Texas in 2016 bother me, specifically the Shamrock Series game.

    Not only is ND returning to an already-used venue but they’re playing a former Shamrock Series opponent in a state they’re already playing in earlier in the season.

    Was it not possible to get a game in another unusual locale, such as Denver or Jacksonville/Miami? The redundancy with two Texas trips seems frivolous.

  3. domerboyirish - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’m not sure how I feel about the 2015 schedule. No Big 10 teams? How does that help recruiting right in our own back yard? I think it is important to have at least one game from the Big 10. Plus, we swapped them out with UMass and Temple. Let me repeat that; UMass and Temple! They are not ACC. We didn’t need to play them. How does this help our profile, strength of schedule or recruiting?

    On the other hand, we can’t play powerhouses each week. Somebody has to be a cupcake for us considering we won’t pathetically lower our standards to the SEC scheduling model with two games against FCS teams. (To this day I still find that laughable.) Our 2014 schedule is flat out BRUTAL! We certainly can’t do that every year and have any prayer of making the playoffs.

    So I have mixed emotions here. I’d love to hear other opinions.

    • dmac4real - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Why play the Big 10 teams when you already have a presence in the midwest? We are playing 7 games in the midwest that year, why increase it. We need the presence in Texas, thus we play Texas.

      “Plus we swapped them out with UMass and Temple.” Im gonna be blunt: this was just a dumb comment. In no way did we swap them with a Big 10 opponent. We swapped Temple (2013) with Temple (2015). We swapped Air Force (2013) with UMass (2015). We always play atleast 1 MAC level team. This was no surprise.

      However, you are correct in that we did swap some big ten teams. For example, we swapped Michigan for Texas (Better), Michigan State for Clemson (Maybe not better team right now, but traditionally yes, and recruiting, so Better), and Purdue for MIAMI (OH MY GOSH ITS NOT EVEN CLOSE).

      Furthermore, how does playing Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic, and Southern Miss enhance Alabama recruiting? Its okay to take a couple lower tier games to get a W (Still, Alabama’s OOC is bad in 2014).

      It seems like you are harumphing just for the sake of letting a harumph out. Swarbrick knocked the schedule out of the freaking park, and deserves a standing ovation. Anybody that has a real problem with this is moronic. Good job ND. Go Irish.

      • irishpuma - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        Solid!!

    • papadec - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      Based on pure speculation (although mixed with some of what we have been hearing about scheduling changes in the Big 10 & other conferences) – having UMass visit ND was probably the best option to fill the dance card. Not a big deal, in my opinion. Maybe some recruiting value playing a New England school other than BC?

      • dsharp86 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        UMass game came about several months after Charley Molnar left ND for there. Possibly he initiated the discussion. Hope he makes it to 2015. UMass has struggled while he’s been there.

    • runners00 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      I agree with you Domer. These schedules are different, to put it mildly. UMass, Temple, Navy, Wake, Virginia and BC in a single season? It is just going to be very different watching this program.

  4. irish13pa - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Fennway Park??? That stadium is barely big enough for a baseball game. How the holly H*$l are they going to fit a football field in that stadium?

    @ Florida State, @ Arizona State, & @ USC next year and Michigan and Standford at home????? Ouch…. how can a team get into that new playoff system with a schedule like that? ND needs to check out Ohio States schedule making department for crying out loud.

    I sure hope Gholesten (couldnt resist) learned an aweful lot from that top QB trainer…

    • papadec - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      irish13 – with a well greased shoehorn? The field can’t be laid out down the foul lines – so I guess it will have to be home plate to deep center. Where’s bostonjan on this issue? I sure like the historic implications & recruiting in New England aspect. I might have to look up my Northeastern U frat brothers & walk/stumble back & forth to Fenway to see (or at least be at) the game. My retirement is looking better everyday.

      • dickasman - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Papa, do you take viagara or Cialis? Which is better?

      • papadec - Dec 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        dick – neither. BTW, I appreciate the effort you are making to clean up your act during Advent. Merry Christmas!

      • bigmix86 - Dec 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Here’s your answer:

        http://www.stadiumsofprofootball.com/past/FenwayPark.htm

  5. mediocrebob - Dec 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    All teams will need a schedule like that. SOS is a big part of the new system supposedly.

  6. goirishgo - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I love it! Bring ‘em on.

  7. mdp44 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Obviously you haven’t been to any of the games in Texas. Especially San Antonio, that week was a blast. Wouldn’t mind a game in H Town but I live here, would rather take a trip to San Antonio

  8. dudeacow - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Future Shamrock Series opponents=BORING.

  9. rpbags - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Wow! 2015 is gonna be a tough one and i think that 2014 we could make the title game with a loss but that is just my opinion of course. The game at Fenway park will be one of the hardest tickets to get of all time but it would be amazing to go see that. Has anyone heard any rumors about who the next DQ will be for the Irish? Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

    LET’S GO IRISH
    LET’S GO IRISH
    LET’S GO IRISH

  10. yogihilt - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    It must be extremely difficult scheduling with the final four in mind, trying to go undefeated, or only 1 loss, and still remain NOTRE DAME.
    The future is here, and we see it in the scheduling. Style points vs quality opponents will be taken very seriously, even if there is a loss or 2. Once this moves to an 8 team playoff system, schedules like this will be rewarded. Go Irish

  11. masalaswag - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Syracuse is smart to get those games at MetLife; Rutgers and the Big Tenlve dropped the ball on that one big time. I guess I’m glad because I sure as hell was not interested in going to Ralph Wilson.

  12. idratherbeinsouthbend - Dec 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Wanna know WHY this playoff should be 8 teams instead of 4?

    To get into the playoffs, you’ll have to complete the year with one loss or less, just like in the past. But now, all of the teams with one loss or less will be selected by a committee. And consider this…over the past 12 years there have been an average of 8 teams with one loss or fewer after the season has ended.

    So this committee, Condoleeeeeza Rice and friends, will basically be picking 4 from a pool of about 8 teams every year.

    There were 5 teams with one loss or fewer just ONE TIME in the last 12 years. Typically, the number is either 8, 9 or 10 teams with one loss or fewer.

    This is why I firmly believe that the playoff should be 8 teams. With 8 teams I think there is less subjectivity. Certainly you can argue that the committee may have to select a 2 loss team over un undefeated Ball State (for example), but with that AVERAGE number of teams with one loss or fewer being 8, a playoff with 8 teams would probably make 75% of the playoff spots a no-brainer.

    …just some food for thought. Happy Holidays domers

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