The continued security of the Notre Dame – USC rivalry, the greatest intersectional rivalry in all of college sports, was never in doubt since Notre Dame announced that they would be joining the ACC in all sports except football this year. On Wednesday, the two schools made it official in announcing that they have renewed the series through 2023.
Despite agreeing to play five ACC opponents a season as part of the deal to join the ACC in all sports except football, the series with USC was never in doubt even though the Irish did previously opt out of the current agreement with rival Michigan.
The USC game, however, will continue to be one of the most prominent contests on the Notre Dame football schedule through at least 2023 as part of the latest agreement.
In a statement released earlier today, USC athletic director Pat Hayden said:
“Not only are we pleased to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and mid-October in South Bend,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden. “Adding the series with BYU, which is a great matchup for the fans of both teams and for all college football fans, helped us in that regard.
After first playing in 1926 under then head coach Knute Rockne, Notre Dame and USC have continued the rivalry over the years, playing every year since 1946. In that time, Notre Dame has compiled a record of 44-35-5 against the Trojans of Southern California.
As part of the extension of the rivalry, the games in Notre Dame Stadium will continue to be played in mid-October while the games in Los Angeles will remain on Thanksgiving weekend as been the tradition in this rivalry.
USC will visit Notre Dame this year for another prime-time match-up in Notre Dame Stadium on October 19. Notre Dame has won two of the last three meetings between the two schools after Southern Cal went on a run of eight straight victories over the Irish from 2002-2009.