By Staff Report.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Notre Dame Friday announced the ACC opponents the Fighting Irish will play in the first three seasons of their football partnership with the league that begins with the 2014 season.
One of those games has the Irish coming to Clemson in 2015 to play the Tigers. The exact date of the game will be announced later.
It will mark the first time Clemson and Notre Dame have played in football since their 1979 meeting, a 16-10 Tigers’ win in South Bend, Ind. The Irish and Clemson have played only one other time before then, and that came in a 1977 meeting in which now Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana rallied the Irish to a 21-17 victory over Clemson in Death Valley. That Notre Dame team went on to win the national championship that year.
Notre Dame will begin playing in the ACC in all sports in 2013-14. Clemson and Notre Dame have 17 common sports on their respective athletic landscapes and will compete in all but football in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The two programs will play each other in men’s and women’s basketball in 2013-14. Clemson is the only ACC school Notre Dame has never played in men’s basketball.
As part of the agreement to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, Notre Dame will play five ACC teams each year, alternating between three home games and two away and two home games and three away each year. Notre Dame will face every ACC team at least once in the first three-year rotation of games.
“The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame will not only enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “One of the benefits, moving forward, is that almost all of our student-athletes will have an opportunity to play against Notre Dame during their ACC careers which is extremely special.”
In 2014, Notre Dame will play host to Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest. The Irish will have road games against Florida State and Syracuse.
In 2015, Clemson, Pittsburgh and Virginia will play host to the Irish, with Notre Dame hosting Boston College and Georgia Tech.
In 2016, the Irish will play host to Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech and will have road contests with NC State and Syracuse.
Notre Dame’s games with Syracuse in 2014, Pittsburgh and Boston College in 2015 and Miami and Syracuse in 2016 already had been tentatively listed on future Irish schedules.
Current ACC teams have played Notre Dame on 118 occasions, while the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which officially join the ACC on July 1, will increase that figure to 192 games.
Pittsburgh (68 games), Georgia Tech (34 games), Miami (25 games) and Boston College (22 games) have been the most frequent opponents among current or future ACC teams for the Irish.
Virginia Tech and Louisville will be meeting Notre Dame in football for the first time.
Notre Dame will be making its first trips to NC State (2016) and Virginia (2015).
The actual dates for each game are still being determined. (Listed in alphabetical order by ACC opponent)
|2014||Series Record||First Meeting||Last Meeting|
|Notre Dame at Florida State||FSU Leads 5-2-0||1981||2011|
|Louisville at Notre Dame||First Meeting||First Meeting||First Meeting|
|North Carolina at Notre Dame||ND Leads 16-2-0||1949||2007|
|Notre Dame at Syracuse||Series tied 3-3-0||1914||2008|
|Wake Forest at Notre Dame||ND Leads 2-0-0||2011||2012|
|2015||Series Record||First Meeting||Last Meeting|
|Boston College at Notre Dame||ND Leads 13-9-0||1975||2012|
|Notre Dame at Clemson||Series Tied 1-1-0||1977||1978|
|Georgia Tech at Notre Dame||ND Leads 27-6-1||1922||2007|
|Notre Dame at Pittsburgh||ND Leads 47-20-1||1909||2012|
|Notre Dame at Virginia||ND Leads 1-0-0||1989||1989|
|2016||Series Record||First Meeting||Last Meeting|
|Duke at Notre Dame||ND leads 3-1-0||1958||2007|
|Miami at Notre Dame||ND leads 17-7-1||1955||2012|
|Notre Dame at NC State||State Leads 1-0-0||2002||2002|
|Notre Dame at Syracuse||Series Tied 3-3-0||1914||2008|
|Virginia Tech at Notre Dame||First Meeting||First Meeting|