ACC, Notre Dame Announce Football Playing Dates Through 2025


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Clemson to Play Notre Dame Four Times in 2015-23.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Notre Dame have announced their football playing dates through the 2025 season, formally sealing the partnership that began this season and will feature an average of five games per year between ACC teams and the Fighting Irish over a 12-year span.

The previously released three-year, 15-game schedule began with four games this fall and runs through 2016. The expanded slate released on Tuesday adds the matchups for the following nine years, with specific playing dates set through 2019.

Highlights include a pair of Labor Day Monday matchups in 2019 (at Louisville) and 2021 (at Florida State). The 60-game lineup will see Notre Dame play at least four games against each of the ACC’s 14 football member schools. Each ACC team will host at least two home games against the Irish. ACC teams will play host to Notre Dame on 28 occasions, Notre Dame will play 29 home games and three will be played at neutral sites.

“The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame is a terrific enhancement for all parties,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Notre Dame not only adds to our league’s already highly ambitious schedules, it also provides the opportunity for almost all of our student-athletes to play against Notre Dame during their careers. When you add in the excitement that it brings to our fans, there’s no question that this partnership is significant.”

Current ACC teams have played Notre Dame on 195 occasions, including three times so far this season. Pitt (69 games), Georgia Tech (34 games), Miami (25 games) and Boston College (22 games) have been the most frequent opponents.

“Nine additional seasons of games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents again adds both variety and quality to future University of Notre Dame football schedules," said University of Notre Dame Vice President and Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick. “Over those nine years, four ACC programs that have never played in Notre Dame Stadium (Louisville, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech) will come to South Bend, and two others that have only played at Notre Dame one time (Wake Forest and Clemson) also will travel to our campus.
“On the other side of the coin, during that period we will take our team to four ACC campuses at which Notre Dame never has played football (Louisville, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech), plus three others (Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest) where our team has played only once.”
Below is the complete football schedule of games between ACC teams and Notre Dame through 2025, including those that were announced previously:

2014

1. Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (MetLife Stadium), 9/27*

2. North Carolina at Notre Dame, 10/11

3. Notre Dame at Florida State, 10/18

4. Louisville at Notre Dame, 11/22

2015

1. Notre Dame at Virginia, 9/12

2. Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, 9/19

3. Notre Dame at Clemson, 10/3

4. Notre Dame at Pitt, 11/7

5. Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 11/14

6. Notre Dame vs. Boston College (Fenway Park), 11/21@

2016

1. Duke at Notre Dame, 9/24

2. Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (MetLife Stadium), 10/1*

3. Notre Dame at NC State, 10/8

4. Miami at Notre Dame, 10/29

5. Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 11/19

2017

1. Notre Dame at Boston College, 9/16

2. Notre Dame at North Carolina, 10/07

3. NC State at Notre Dame, 10/28

4. Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 11/04

5. Notre Dame at Miami, 11/11

2018

1. Syracuse at Notre Dame, 9/22

2. Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 10/13

3. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, 10/20

4. Florida State at Notre Dame, 11/10

5. Notre Dame at Wake Forest, 11/17

2019

1. Notre Dame at Louisville, 9/2 (Labor Day)

2. Virginia at Notre Dame, 9/28

3. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 10/19

4. Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 11/02

5. Notre Dame at Duke, 11/09

6. Boston College at Notre Dame, 11/23

2020

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

2021

1. Notre Dame at Florida State, 9/6 (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

2022

1. Notre Dame at North Carolina

2. Notre Dame at Syracuse

3. Boston College at Notre Dame

4. Clemson at Notre Dame

2023

1. Notre Dame at NC 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

2024

1. Miami at Notre Dame

2. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech

3. Florida State at Notre Dame

4. Virginia at Notre Dame

2025

1. Notre Dame at Miami

2. NC State at Notre Dame

3. Notre Dame at Boston College

4. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh

5. Syracuse at Notre Dame


* -Designated ‘home’ game for Syracuse
@ - Designated ‘home’ game for Notre Dame

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson will play Notre Dame four times between the 2015 and 2023 seasons, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday. The league announced games Notre Dame will play against all ACC opponents until 2025.

Notre Dame comes to Clemson next season on October 3. The Tigers will travel to South Bend for games in Notre Dame Stadium in 2020 and 2022. Notre Dame will then return to Clemson in 2023. Exact dates for the games in 2020, 2022 and 2023 are to be determined.

Next year’s contest will be the first appearance for the Fighting Irish at Memorial Stadium since 1977 when a pair of top 15 football teams met in Death Valley. A fifth-ranked Notre Dame football team led by quarterback Joe Montana, defeated a 15th-ranked Clemson team led by Steve Fuller, 21-17. Both quarterbacks went on to play on Super Bowl winning teams in the NFL.

Notre Dame went on to win the 1977 National Championship. Notre Dame won seven of its last eight games that year by at least 24 points, including a 38-10 win over number-one ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. The only close game the Irish had was the four-point decision at Clemson, a game Clemson led 17-7 entering the fourth period. Thirty-six players in that game went on to play in the NFL.

When Clemson goes to Notre Dame in 2020 it will be Clemson’s first appearance in South Bend since 1979. That year Clemson won by a 16-10 score. It was just the second time in the last 40 years (1940-79) that Notre Dame's seniors lost their last home game. Billy Lott scored a touchdown late in the game on a 26-yard run to give Clemson the win and overcome a 10-0 deficit.

Danny Ford led Clemson to that victory as head coach of the Tigers. Thirty-one-years old at the time, Ford is still the second youngest coach and the youngest since 1934, to beat Notre Dame in Notre Dame Stadium.

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