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Notre Dame, Georgia agree to home-and-home series

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This one’s been in the works for a while, but finally came to fruition today: Notre Dame and Georgia will play a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2019, the schools announced Wednesday.

Notre Dame will host Georgia on Sept. 9, 2017 and head to Athens on Sept. 21, 2019. Start making travel arrangements for these games, since they’re going to be pretty great. Georgia and Notre Dame have only met once, in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, so these games will be each school’s first trip to the other’s campus.

For Notre Dame, it gives Jack Swarbrick, Brian Kelly & Co. the SEC measuring stick they’ve focused on since releasing the team’s 2014-2016 schedules. In 2017, Notre Dame will play the Big Ten (at Michigan State), SEC (Georgia), Pac-12 (at Stanford, USC) and ACC (to be determined); in 2019 the Irish are scheduled to play the SEC, Pac-12, ACC and Big 12 (at Texas).

“As our football schedules evolved with the start of our Atlantic Coast Conference competition in 2014, we had future games slated with top-drawer opponents in virtually all the major conferences,” Swarbrick said in a statement. “One exception was the Southeastern Conference, so we are pleased now to be able to check that box. These will be two contests that will have great national appeal, in part because our only previous matchup came in a bowl game.”

As an aside, kudos to both these programs for working this series out as a home-and-home and not a one-off neutral site game in, say, Atlanta or Chicago. The atmospheres in South Bend and Athens are going to be incredible for both these contests.

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20 Responses to “Notre Dame, Georgia agree to home-and-home series”
  1. woebegong says: Jun 25, 2014 3:50 PM

    Both of those games most likely will break or make the teams hopes of a championship berth, depending on who wins under the playoff scenario of the new championship series games.
    It will be an interesting two games for fans of both teams.

  2. slobberknockers says: Jun 25, 2014 3:51 PM

    Love these type of non-conference games, hope to see more of them instead of the tOSU vs. Kent State type of games!

  3. microbrewuga says: Jun 25, 2014 4:08 PM

    Great trips for both sets of fans. Can’t wait to roll out the red carpet in Dawgtown.

  4. ttalarico says: Jun 25, 2014 4:43 PM

    Can’t wait to have Georgia in South Bend and likewise I’m already planning the trip to Atlanta!
    Two great traditions.

    Go Irish, beat the Bulldogs!

  5. irishdodger says: Jun 25, 2014 6:20 PM

    So ND is “chicken” for not scheduling Michigan in favor of teams like Georgia? Yeah, that makes sense. What a great matchup for fans of both teams.

  6. patbocam says: Jun 25, 2014 7:22 PM

    ND won’t stand a chance between the hedges in Athens GA. It’s a toss up for the one in south bend. Norte dame is had always been the most overhyped team in the history of college football.

  7. patbocam says: Jun 25, 2014 7:24 PM

    /ttalarico

    You might fly into Atlanta but the game and school is in Athens buddy. Maybe widespread panic will play a show that weekend!

  8. ttalarico says: Jun 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    @patbocam

    And I suppose all their National Championships are all mythical, right?

    And that’s why the College Football Hall of Fame is in South Bend, right?

    And that’s why they have the most players drafted by the NFL (478, tied with USC), right?

    Don’t you feel stupid patbocam?

  9. ttalarico says: Jun 25, 2014 7:45 PM

    I think I’d rather stay in Atlanta. No offense Athens!

  10. ttalarico says: Jun 25, 2014 7:58 PM

    And a show would be great!

  11. toyfamilytree says: Jun 25, 2014 8:25 PM

    ttalarico, stay in Athens. Downtown is Athens is full of restaurants and bars. Reminds me of State College. It will be like going to a road game at PSU but with warmer weather. Atlanta is too spread out. Athens would be a great weekend, but you better get your hotel room a year in advance.

  12. toyfamilytree says: Jun 25, 2014 8:29 PM

    The College Football Hall of Fame is still in South Bend? I thought it moved to Georgia.

  13. dcroz says: Jun 25, 2014 8:34 PM

    ^^ Was about to say, isn’t the CFB HOF slated to move to its new home in Atlanta, if it hasn’t already?

  14. irishlad19 says: Jun 25, 2014 9:06 PM

    Irish will dominate the SEC opponents, on the move to NC.
    ‘bama, we are coming back to settle some scores!

  15. ttalarico says: Jun 25, 2014 9:16 PM

    @toyfamilytree

    Thanks for the advice on Athens. Maybe we’ll try it.

    The Hall is still in South Bend but it is moving to Atlanta. I think the Board wanted it located in a large metropolitan city. I think it’s suppose to open this fall.

  16. woebegong says: Jun 25, 2014 9:17 PM

    Come back first and then your statement will make sense. Right now college football fans only know how bad Bama beat you and how truly over matched you were in that BCS title game. The SEC is still the toughest confrence in college football, so it is up to teams like yours to prove you can compete with the SEC teams. In 2017 you will get your chance to show if that is true or not. Until then, don’t set yourself up to ridicule.

  17. midwestmd says: Jun 26, 2014 2:00 PM

    Irishdodger still calling ND chicken. The only series contract they break just happens to be against one of the only teams ND has a losing record against. Michigan taught ND the game in 1887 and still owns the Irish 24–16–1!

  18. woebegong says: Jun 26, 2014 2:18 PM

    Did Michigan try to set up a game with Notre Dame? Just wondering because Notre Dame is seeking to return back to a football power and playing SEC schools with success would seem to me to be a good way to do that.

  19. nd77timmyc says: Jun 28, 2014 3:07 AM

    Sorry guys the hall of fame has already moved. Live only a few miles from where it used to be. It actually moved last year. You can come up here and try and see it if you want but its now a catering company and a few restaurants.

  20. irishlad19 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:43 PM

    Well, I guess you told me off!
    ND can and will compete well with any team using similar recruiting and academic standards, and will also beat many of the football factories with an academic institution loosely affiliated.
    That ought to get you going!

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