Notre Dame released the finalized details for their football schedules for the next three seasons on Friday after having to do some shuffling of the deck over the last few months with their new commitment to play five ACC games a year going into effect next season.
Some of the shuffling done by athletic director Jack Swarbrick ended up having to do revolved around the 5-game a year ACC commitment actually being a 4-game commitment for 2014 and a 6-game commitment in 2015 because of prior commitments Notre Dame had for 2014 before the agreement with the ACC. Notre Dame had already moved a game with Temple originally scheduled for 2014 and tried to opt out of their trip to Arizona State for next season as well, but ended up coming to a compromise with Arizona State.
With the 2014 now set, the Irish will play 4 ACC teams next season – North Carolina, Syracuse, Florida State, and Louisville. Louisville and North Carolina will travel to South Bend while Notre Dame will play Syracuse at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State.
As many expected, Michigan’s final scheduled trip to Notre Dame Stadium on September 6 will be a night game for the Irish. It will be one of two night home games for the Irish in 2014 along with the Shamrock Series game. Earlier this week it was announced that the 2014 Shamrock Series game would pit the Irish against Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
- 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
With only four ACC opponents in 2014, Notre Dame will play six in 2015 – Virginia, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Clemson. Virginia, Clemson, and Pitt will be road games so mark your calendars for September 12th when the Irish visit Charlottesville for the first time. Charlottesville is an awesome college town that will make for a great road trip for Notre Dame fans.
A visit from Texas will open the 2015 season while a visit Austin will start the 2016 season for Notre Dame. Mark your calendars for September 3, 2016 as well because Austin is just an awesome city and since it will be Notre Dame’s first trip there since 1995, that game is going to be a heck of a road trip as well. Aside from the visit from Texas, a trip to historic Fenway Park to take on Boston College in the Shamrock Series highlights the 2015 schedule.
- 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
The 2016 Shamrock Series game will have Notre Dame heading back to San Antonio the site of the first Shamrock Series game in 2009 when Notre Dame faced Washington State at the Alamodome. 2016 will be the first year Notre Dame will play 5 ACC opponents after the compromise to play four in 2014 and six in 2015. Notre Dame will make its first trip to North Carolina State and will host Virginia Tech for the first ever meeting between the two schools. Other ACC games in 2016 include another contest against Syracuse at Met Life Stadium and home games against Duke and Miami. Miami’s trip to South Bend will be their first since 1991 while Duke played in Notre Dame Stadium as recently as 2007.
- 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