The Notre Dame – Boston College series was set to expire after the 2010 season before the two agreed to the extend the series until 2019 according to the Boston Herald. According to the report, the two schools will face each other six times over the next nine seasons.
Based on the Herald’s report, Notre Dame will host the Eagles in 2011, 2016, and 2018 and will travel to Boston in 2012, 2015, and 2019. The two won’t face each other in 2013, 2014, or 2017 according to the report. Notre Dame travel to Alumni Stadium to face Boston College October 2 as part of the previous agreement.
Boston College AD Gene DeFilippo told the Herald that it was important to keep the series going since the two schools are the only Catholic universities in D1 football.
“Jack Swarbrick and I agreed that since Boston College and Notre Dame are the only Catholic institutions that play Division 1-A football, we should continue to play each other over a period of years,” DeFilippo said yesterday.
Notre Dame owns a 10-9 edge in the series history, but Boston College has gotten the better of the Irish in recent years. Before beating BC 20-16 this past season, the Eagles took six in a row over the Irish. Those six wins did come during a stretch of some pretty lean years for Notre Dame.
The series, however, will forever be remembered for Boston College knocking off the then ranked #1 Irish in Notre Dame’s regular season finale costing them a shot at the ’93 national championship – a game and loss this writer still hasn’t gotten over. Boston College also knocked off an undefeated Notre Dame team in 2002 during Tyrone Willingham’s inaugural season in South Bend in a game where Willingham ill-advisedly broke out the green jerseys.
Hopefully Brian Kelly can reverse the fortunes his predecessors experienced against Boston College over the next several years. Lou Holtz and Dan Devine were a combined 6-2 against BC. Bob Davie, Ty Willingham, and Charlie Weis meanwhile, were a combined 4-7.
Here’s some highlights from Notre Dame’s win over BC from the fall.