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ACC announces Notre Dame opponents for 2014-16

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One day after it was announced that Notre Dame had extended its agreement with NBC Sports well into the next decade, some of the games that will appear on the network over the next couple of years were announced as well.

In a press release Friday, the ACC announced the Irish’s five annual conference opponents for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.  Of the 15 games, eight will be played in South Bend.

Two of the games — Louisville (2014), Virginia Tech (2016) — will mark the first-ever meeting between the football programs.  The 2015 game against Clemson will be the first matchup since 1979, while the game against Virginia the same year will be the first against the Irish since 1989.

No specific dates have been set for any of the games.

Below is the complete ACC schedule for Notre Dame, with the last meeting between the programs in parentheses:

at Florida State (2011)
Louisville (first-ever meeting)
North Carolina (2007)
at Syracuse (2008)
Wake Forest (2012)

Boston College (2012)
at Clemson (1979)
Georgia Tech (2007)
at Pittsburgh (2012)
at Virginia (1989)

Duke (2007)
Miami (2012)
at North Carolina State (2002)
Virginia Tech (first-ever meeting)

“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 in a statement. “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.”

It was announced last year that Notre Dame and the ACC had entered into a scheduling agreement that essentially makes the Irish partial football members.  Most of Notre Dame’s other sports are moving to that conference as well.

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6 Responses to “ACC announces Notre Dame opponents for 2014-16”
  1. floridacock says: Apr 19, 2013 5:27 PM

    Surprised Notre Dame agreed to play any away games.

  2. pesol42 says: Apr 19, 2013 5:44 PM

    I think this is a terrible move for Notre Dame. Sure, the ACC is a great basketball league, but ND is a football school and this move doesn’t allow them to remain independent. Ideally, they would have joined the new Big East with the other catholic schools and remained truly independent in football. While it might be nice to play Florida State or Virginia Tech every few years, it isn’t worth the price of putting teams like Duke and Wake Forest on the schedule. In reality, teams like FSU and VT would jump at the chance to schedule Notre Dame. Notre Dame doesn’t need to go out of it’s way just for the sake of scheduling teams that would die to play them anyway.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    Good for ND. With all the changes coming down the pike in college football, ND is positioning itself to have the best of both worlds, a conference that allows it automatic playoff status and a home for all of it’s other sports. Plus it opens the South to additional ND recruiting in all sports.

    Two points to keep in mind with ND in the ACC.

    The ACC isn’t going away.

    This hurts future expansion for the Big 12, making them extremely vulnerable since they are perceived nationally as a regional conference at best. Other than texas and OU, no other program jumps out and says “Take me!”. Sure, Kansas has a rich basketball history, but as an over all program with a strong football emphasis, none of them.

    TV ratings? B1G and the SEC already have them coming out of DFW and Houston.

    Big 12 is a DMW.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    That’ll keep them in the top 20 for the next few years. Ho humm! When are they going to actually play someone?

  5. sssjim7 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:01 AM

    Oh, man… Death Valley is gonna be rockin’ in 2015!

    Go Tigers:)

  6. classyjacklambert says: Apr 21, 2013 8:56 PM

    I can’t wait until the Clemson-Notre Dame game!

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