UNC (2014), Duke (2016) to visit Notre Dame in new ACC lineup
North Carolina will be one of the first ACC football teams to visit Notre Dame under the league’s new scheduling agreement with the Irish.
The Tar Heels will play Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 2014, the first season the Irish will play five games with ACC teams.
Wake Forest will also play at Notre Dame that season, along with ACC newcomer Louisville. The Cardinals will be playing their first ACC season in 2014.
Notre Dame will play at Florida State and Syracuse that season.
Duke’s first trip to Notre Dame under the arrangement will be in the 2016 season. The Blue Devils have played Notre Dame four times previously, the most-recent game coming in 2007 when the Irish won 28-7 in South Bend.
The only time Notre Dame has visited Wallace Wade Stadium was in 1961. Duke won 37-13, its lone victory in the series.
In addition to playing Duke at Notre Dame Stadium in 2016, the Irish will also welcome ACC teams Miami and Virginia Tech to South Bend.
Notre Dame will play 2016 road games at N.C. State and Syracuse. The game with the Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium will be Notre Dame’s first trip to the Triangle under the new scheduling agreement.
In 2015, Notre Dame travels to Clemson, Pittsburgh and Virginia while playing home games with Boston College and Georgia Tech.
The format has Notre Dame playing every ACC team, either at home or on the road, over the first three years of the agreement.
“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,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “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.”
The announcement of the game at Notre Dame means Duke has contracts to play nonconference games in 2016 on the road against Northwestern and the Irish and at home with Army and N.C. Central.
Duke’s preference is to play seven home games each season — its four ACC home games plus three in nonconference play. The school is expected to explore reworking contracts to allow that.
UNC may be in a similar situation for the 2014 season when the Tar Heels are under contract to play road nonconference games at East Carolina and Notre Dame.