Future ACC schedules come into focus


With Notre Dame’s scheduling agreement in place with the ACC, Jack Swarbrick and the Irish athletic department can find some certainty in their future slates. That certainty was announced Tuesday, with dates for five ACC games in place through 2019 and matchups set through 2025.

While we already knew the 2014-16 schedule, locking into place matchups through 2025 allows Notre Dame’s athletic department to begin hunting down new opponents — and hopefully bringing back some old ones — as scheduling in the playoff era takes shape.

“Nine additional seasons of games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents again adds both variety and quality to future University of Notre Dame football schedules,” Swarbrick said in a statement.

The Irish will average five ACC games over these years, with four games played in 2014, 2022 and 2024 and six games in 2015, 2019 and 2023. Four programs that have never played in Notre Dame Stadium will visit, with Louisville set for later this year, North Carolina State visiting in 2017, Virginia in 2018 and Virginia Tech in 2016. The Irish will also make their first visits to those campuses, and return to Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest, places they’ve only played once.

In 2015, Notre Dame’s new scheduling arrangement will be the first year in a century to not have a Big Ten team on the slate, with the conference reappearing in 2016 against Michigan State. The Irish will instead welcome Texas to the schedule in back to back seasons, followed by a two-game series in 2017 and 2019 with Georgia.

Here are the ACC dates moving forward:



  1. Notre Dame vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium (Sept. 27) *
  2. North Carolina at Notre Dame (Oct. 11)
  3. Notre Dame at Florida State (Oct. 18)
  4. Louisville at Notre Dame (Nov. 22)


  1. Notre Dame at Virginia (Sept. 12)
  2. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame (Sept. 19)
  3. Notre Dame at Clemson (Oct. 3)
  4. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh (Nov. 7)
  5. Wake Forest at Notre Dame (Nov. 14)
  6. Notre Dame vs. Boston College at Fenway Park (Nov. 21) @


  1. Duke at Notre Dame (Sept. 24)
  2. Notre Dame vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium (Oct. 1) *
  3. Notre Dame at North Carolina State (Oct. 8)
  4. Miami at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)
  5. Virginia Tech at Notre Dame (Nov. 19)


  1. Notre Dame at Boston College (Sept. 16)
  2. Notre Dame at North Carolina (Oct. 7)
  3. North Carolina State at Notre Dame (Oct. 28)
  4. Wake Forest at Notre Dame (Nov. 4)
  5. Notre Dame at Miami (Nov. 11)


  1. Syracuse at Notre Dame (Sept. 22)
  2. Notre Dame at Virginia Tech (Oct. 13)
  3. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (Oct. 20)
  4. Florida State at Notre Dame (Nov. 10)
  5. Notre Dame at Wake Forest (Nov. 17)


  1. Notre Dame at Louisville (Sept. 2/Labor Day)
  2. Virginia at Notre Dame (Sept. 28)
  3. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech (Oct. 19)
  4. Virginia Tech at Notre Dame (Nov. 2)
  5. Notre Dame at Duke (Nov. 9)
  6. Boston College at Notre Dame (Nov. 23) 


  1. Notre Dame at Wake Forest
  2. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
  3. Duke at Notre Dame
  4. Clemson at Notre Dame
  5. Louisville at Notre Dame


  1. Notre Dame at Florida State (Sept. 6/Labor Day)
  2. Notre Dame at Virginia Tech
  3. North Carolina at Notre Dame
  4. Notre Dame at Virginia
  5. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame


  1. Notre Dame at North Carolina
  2. Notre Dame at Syracuse
  3. Boston College at Notre Dame
  4. Clemson at Notre Dame


  1. Notre Dame at North Carolina State
  2. Notre Dame at Duke
  3. Notre Dame at Louisville
  4. Wake Forest at Notre Dame
  5. Notre Dame at Clemson
  6. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame


  1. Miami at Notre Dame
  2. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
  3. Florida State at Notre Dame
  4. Virginia at Notre Dame


  1. Notre Dame at Miami
  2. North Carolina State at Notre Dame
  3. Notre Dame at Boston College
  4. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
  5. Syracuse at Notre Dame


Notre Dame and Ohio State to play in 2022 and 2023


Notre Dame doesn’t usually announce any scheduling news until the entire season’s slate is set. But here’s guessing athletic director Jack Swarbrick was fine making this one exception.

Just two days before Notre Dame and Michigan will play their final scheduling meeting, Notre Dame and Ohio State announced a scheduling agreement for the two schools to play a two-game series in 2022 and 2023. This will be the first regular-season meeting for the two teams since 1996.

“I am excited we are able once again to bring these two programs together on the football field,” Swarbrick said in a release. “Football games between Notre Dame and Ohio State make great sense from a strength-of-schedule standpoint. In addition, with (Ohio State athletics director) Gene Smith having both played and coached football at Notre Dame–and with (Ohio State head coach) Urban Meyer having served as an assistant football coach at Notre Dame–there are some obvious, high-profile connections between our two institutions.”

Ohio State and Notre Dame last met in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2005 season, with the Buckeyes beating Charlie Weis’ Irish 34-20. Ohio State leads the series between the two Midwest powers 3-2, a surprisingly rare event considering the geographical footprint the two programs share.

“Any time you talk about Notre Dame and Ohio State meeting in a football game, that event automatically is going to have huge national significance,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said in the same release. “For fans and alumni of the two schools, not to mention college football fans in general, these games will be great attractions.”




Reports: Georgia-Notre Dame series announcement imminent


News is trickling out of SEC country, with multiple reports saying official word on the Georgia-Notre Dame home-and-home series is imminent.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution cites various reports, with official news of the series coming by the end of the week.

The matchup between Georgia and Notre Dame is hardly new news, with both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick speaking about a potential game against the Bulldogs multiple times. Both have expressed a desire to get an SEC opponent on the schedule, while also getting into the Atlanta area, fertile recruiting territory for the Irish staff.

The AJC report cites a radio interview with a member of the Georgia athletic department saying an announcement could happen by the end of the week.

Mike Cavan, a special assistant to Athletic Director Greg McGarity and former college football coach, hinted of a “big scheduling announcement” from Georgia later week while appearing as a guest on “The Bulldog Roundtable” radio show on 680 The Fan on Wednesday morning. After the show, its host Buck Belue tweeted that the opponent was Notre Dame.

McGarity has also gone on the record discussing a series with the Irish, reuniting the two proud programs for the first time since the Sugar Bowl after the 1980 regular season.

“I think it’s an opponent we’ve played, what, one time 1980?” McGarity told the AJC. “For our fans to be able to go up to South Bend, and for our fans to see Notre Dame play between the hedges, I think from a national perspective it’d be off the charts, as far as interest, as far as intrigue. That would be something out of the ordinary that our fans would be very, very excited about.”

Notre Dame begins their first season playing an ACC-aligned schedule in 2014, the cause of major restructuring in future football slates. But with a series starting with Texas in 2015, signing up another big program for a series that begins after 2017 sounds about right.

Fenway Park appearance highlights 2014-16 slate


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:

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. 18 at Florida State
Nov. 1 vs. Navy (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)
Nov. 8 at Arizona State
Nov. 29 at USC
* Shamrock Series game

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

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

Three-game series set with Louisville


As the ACC scheduling pact begins next season, news of new conference opponents starts trickling out. One team that’s set to start playing the Irish is Louisville, who will visit South Bend next season. While Notre Dame rarely comments on their upcoming schedules until they are set, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed the three games, while also letting an interesting tidbit out of the bag.

The Cardinals are new members of the reconstituted ACC, and they’ll travel to South Bend next season before welcoming Notre Dame to Louisville in 2017 with a return trip to Notre Dame booked for 2020. (If you’re wondering why there’s going to be a significant gap in rebooting the Notre Dame-Michigan series, Jack Swarbrick is juggling puzzle pieces well into the next decade.)

The official match-up between is set for every three years on a rotating home and home basis. That the Irish and Cardinal play each other now isn’t for a lack of effort on Louisville’s behalf, with the Courier Journal reporting that Jurich has been trying to get the Irish on their schedule since Kevin White was in charge of Irish athletics. You’ll never guess who got in the way of that match-up, at least according to Jurich:

A game against the Irish has been years in the making, dating to former coach Bobby Petrino’s time at U of L.

“It wasn’t lack of effort,” Jurich said. “We’ve been begging Notre Dame to play for many, many years in the past.”

Jurich brokered a deal with then-Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White — someone he calls a “good friend” who’s now working in the same position Duke — and the two sides agreed to play a three-game series: once in South Bend, once in Louisville and again at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis from 2007-2009.

It was all in place, except for final approval.

“It had to be passed by their coach, and their coach vetoed it,” Jurich said. “It was in his contract he was able to do that. It was Charlie Weis. That’s understandable. The coaches want to play the teams they pick and choose. We were on a great high at that time.”

Would Weis have had the juice to dictate scheduling? Maybe. If the negotiations were to set games for the 2007-09 seasons, the then Irish head coach would’ve been in the honeymoon period of his tenure in South Bend, fresh off back-to-back BCS seasons and at the beginning of a 10-year contract extension. Playing Bobby Petrino and a program on the ascent might have been a tough go for the Irish.

That could certainly be the case next year with Charlie Strong building his program into another BCS contender. Though it might hinge on Teddy Bridgewater’s decision to return for his senior season.