Notre Dame, Georgia Agree To Series
Thursday Jun 26, 2014 12:00am
(SOUTH BEND) – Notre Dame and Georgia announced Wednesday a home-and-home series for the 2017 and 2019 seasons, marking the first regular-season matchups between the storied programs. The Fighting Irish will host the Bulldogs on Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend, Indiana, before visiting Athens, Georgia, on Sept. 21, 2019. The schools have met just once before, with then-No. 1 Georgia beating then-No. 7 Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl 17-10 to claim the consensus national title. Notre Dame's upcoming four-game series with Texas could be reduced to two games as a result of the Georgia schedule commitments. The 2017 and 2019 games in essence replace two of Notre Dame's games with Texas, but Swarbrick said he was hopeful they could reschedule those games with the Longhorns. In 2019, Notre Dame is scheduled to play at Georgia, at Stanford and at three ACC opponents. Notre Dame's scheduling philosophy has been to have six home games, a neutral site game and five road games, hence the need to drop the road game at Texas in 2019. Notre Dame also has future home-and-home series with Purdue and Michigan State over the next decade. But because of the Irish's ACC scheduling commitments -- five games annually against ACC opponents -- it's unlikely the Fighting Irish will schedule more than two-game series against any teams with the exception of Navy, Stanford and USC, who they will play annually.