Notre Dame hasn’t played an SEC opponent in the regular season since 2005, but that may change later this decade.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler, the Irish are in talks with Georgia about playing a future series, though a Notre Dame spokesman cautioned that the 2018 and 2019 dates reported by Fowler are flexible and not guaranteed to materialize.
The last time Notre Dame played an SEC opponent in the regular season was 2005 (Tennessee), and with the Irish having their schedule set through 2016 the gap would be over a decade. But athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in December that scheduling an SEC team would be a “priority” going forward, and he added that Notre Dame does have room for one more home-and-home in its schedule over the next decade or so.
I ran down why playing Georgia would make sense for Notre Dame over at CSNChicago — it’s worth noting, too, that Brian Kelly told a South Bend radio station in August that Georgia would be a “natural” fit for the Irish. So while things are only in the discussion phase here, this almost makes too much sense to not happen.