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)
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.
One of the more underrated storylines heading into Week 6 continued its tack of uncertainty Tuesday.
During the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, Dalvin Cook tweaked his hamstring and didn’t return to the contest. The sophomore running back was initially labeled as day-to-day for this weekend’s game against Miami, and that hasn’t changed as Jimbo Fisher reaffirmed that Cook’s status for the in-state rivalry game remains up in the air.
“We’ll keep waiting,” the head coach said, adding that, because of Cook’s knowledge of the offense, he could sit out of practice the entire week and still take the field against the Hurricanes.
“He knows what to do, you can keep him healthy and do that there’s no doubt about that,” Fisher said.
Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th. The Seminoles’ No. 2 rusher, Mario Pender, is still dealing with the aftereffects of a collapsed lung that will sideline him for at least another week.
Oklahoma State’s defense has taken what will likely prove to be a very significant and impactful blow.
On Twitter as well as Instagram late Tuesday night, Ryan Simmons announced that he “recently tore my MCL & PCL which will require surgery.” As a result, Simmons, who was injured in the Week 5 win over Kansas State, will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, even as OSU has yet to officially confirm the linebacker’s status moving forward.
Because Simmons is a senior, and this is his final season of eligibility, the end of his 2015 season would also mean the end of his collegiate career.
Simmons has started the last 31 games for the Cowboys. He was second on the team in tackles last season, and his 26 career tackles for loss makes him OSU’s active leader in that category as well.
On his official bio, it’s written that Simmons is “[o]ne of the unquestioned leaders of the team, both on and off the field.”