The 2018 Notre Dame football schedule offers Irish fans plenty of options for interesting road trips. From Notre Dame’s first trip to Blacksburg (Virginia Tech) to a November weekend in San Diego (Navy) to a trip to NYC and Yankee Stadium (Syracuse) the options are there. Notre Dame’s future schedules give Irish fans even more options for fun and interesting road trips so start planning now.
For the sake of this post, we limited the games to schedules from the next five years otherwise this could have turned into a novel with trips to Texas A&M and Alabama well into the future.
2019 at Georgia – September 21
Will Notre Dame fans turn Sanford Stadium into a sea of green the way Bulldog fans took over Notre Dame Stadium in 2017? Probably not. Not that Irish fans won’t travel to Athens, but the ones who do likely will be wearing a mix of blue, green, gold, grey, white, and every other color t-shirt that Notre Dame sells. That said, this is a road trip next year that Notre Dame fans shouldn’t miss. Who knows if or when Notre Dame and Georgia will ever have a home and home again. This could be the last time Notre Dame fans have to take in a game in Athens.
With the improvement that Kirby Smart made in his second year at Georgia and the recruiting machine he has set up already, this game will be easily the toughest on the 2019 schedule. It’ll also be the toughest ticket to get. Start planning now if you want to see the Irish in Athens for the first time in history.
2019 at Michigan – October 26
This will be Notre Dame’s first game in Ann Arbor since the 2013 prime time loss. Hopefully it will be time for a little bit of payback for the Irish. Notre Dame hasn’t won in Michigan Stadium since 2005. In fact, that was Notre Dame’s only win in Michigan Stadium since 1994. One win in 25 years in Michigan’s house isn’t enough and the Irish are 1-7 there since 1994.
Michigan returns to Notre Dame Stadium this Labor Day weekend for the first time since the Irish shut out the Wolverines four years ago for one of the biggest home games of the year. Next to Georgia, this game could be the second biggest away game of 2019.
2020 at Wisconsin (Lambeau Field) – October 3
This is one that has been circled on my calendar since it was originally announced last year. Notre Dame v. Wisconsin in Lambeau Field is going to be one of the biggest spectacles of the 2020 college football season. The two historic programs have not faced off against each other since 1964 despite their close proximity and Notre Dame’s history with the Big 10.
The matchup itself is worth a trip up north, but the venue is what makes this one a can’t miss trip for Notre Dame fans. Lambeau Field is one of the truly historic venues in all of sports. Seeing the Irish play in a field named for one of its most famous alum – Curly Lambeau – is also something that should have every Irish fan planning on being in Green Bay October 3, 2020.
2021 at Florida State (Labor Day Weekend)
The 2021 schedule really lacks a unique road game like Wisconsin in Lambeau or Athens, but the season opener against Florida State will have plenty of intrigue. This is the kind of Labor Day weekend game that could easily be moved into the Sunday night slot like the 2016 Texas game in Austin.
It will have been seven years since Notre Dame was robbed of a thrilling victory by the refs in Florida State in 2014. It will also have been nearly 20 years since Notre Dame’s last win over Florida State (2002). The Irish will be long overdue for a win against the Seminoles by then and a trip to Florida over Labor Day weekend to close out the summer and kick off the season is a pretty good trip for Notre Dame fans.
2022 at Ohio State – September 3
Notre Dame makes it first trip to Columbus since 1995 in 2022 to take on Ohio State. The Irish have only visited Ohio State twice in their history and have not won in The Horseshoe since 1935. Lou Holtz took the Irish into Columbus in 1995 and ran into the Bobby Hoying, Terry Glenn, Eddie George offensive juggernaut and lost 45-26. A year later the Buckeyes came to Notre Dame and knocked off the Irish again 29-16. Since then, the two have played in two Fiesta Bowls with Ohio State winning both (2005 and 2015 seasons).
Despite a sparse number of showdowns in their respective histories, the Notre Dame and Ohio State rivalry is interesting given both’s school mutual rival Michigan.
This is another Labor Day weekend tilt that could easily end up being played on Sunday night in prime time because it will be, hands down one of the biggest games of the college football season. Notre Dame will be looking for their first win overall against the Buckeyes since 1936 when this one takes place.
2023 at Clemson – November 11
Notre Dame will get their first chance at payback for that 2015 thrilling loss to Clemson in Death Valley in 2020 in Notre Dame Stadium, but will have to wait three more years after that for their first potential win on the road against Clemson. Even in the pouring rain, the 2015 road trip to Clemson was one of my favorite road games I’ve been on to see the Irish. That stadium is electric and something worth experiencing for all Notre Dame fans.
Notre Dame also plays Ohio State and USC at home and Stanford on the road in 2023 which could make for a brutal schedule depending on how each of those programs evolve over the next five years. If Notre Dame were to enter this game still in the playoff discussion, it would be another ESPN Gameday worthy game like 2015’s contest.
Notre Dame’s future schedules don’t lack interesting road games for Notre Dame fans over the next few years with some truly once in a lifetime type trips possible. Start planning (and saving) now.