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ND/Arkansas announce home/home series (2020/2025)
NOTRE DAME, Indiana - The University of Notre Dame and the University of Arkansas, two historically prominent names on the college football landscape, will meet for the first time on the football field in 2020 when the Razorbacks come to Notre Dame Stadium.

The Irish return the game in 2025 when Notre Dame travels to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville to play Arkansas.

Dates of the games are Sept. 12, 2020, at Notre Dame and Oct. 4, 2025, at Arkansas.

“This two-game series will provide our program with another opportunity to play a top-caliber foe from the Southeastern Conference,” said Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame Brian Kelly. “Coach (Bret) Bielema is a tremendous coach and his teams have always played a physical style of football. I know our team and fans will be excited to play the Razorbacks.”

Arkansas is one of four Southeastern Conference programs that has never faced the Irish in football (also Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi State). Among 45 previous meetings between Notre Dame and SEC teams, the most prominent opponents for the Irish have been LSU (11 games), Tennessee (eight) and Alabama (seven). Notre Dame 11 times has faced a current SEC member in a postseason bowl game—three times each versus Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M (the A&M games came when the Aggies played in the Southwest Conference) and one each against Georgia and Florida.

“Whenever we have an opponent come to Notre Dame Stadium for the first time, there’s another layer of interest in the game. The same is true for our program and fans when we play away from home at a first-time venue,” says Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr athletics director Jack Swarbrick. “That is especially likely to be true of these games given the quality and tradition of the two programs.”

Arkansas becomes the third SEC opponent added recently to future Irish schedules: --Notre Dame plays Georgia in 2017 (at Notre Dame) and 2019 (at Athens). --The Irish meet Texas A&M in 2024 (at College Station) and 2025 (at Notre Dame).



http://www.und.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-...17aaa.html
07-06-2017 11:41 AM
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Im shocked those two have never played. I would have never guessed that was even possible.
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Notre Dame to the Sec!
07-06-2017 11:48 AM
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(07-06-2017 11:47 AM)Attackcoog Wrote:  Im shocked those two have never played. I would have never guessed that was even possible.

Right with the common Lou Holtz connection.
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(07-06-2017 11:48 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  Arkansas to the ACC!

FIFY
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Figured those two would have met up in a Cotton Bowl.
07-06-2017 01:35 PM
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BYU is mad!
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Two days the next 8 years I'm an Irish fan.
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So in 2020 it will be the meeting of two schools that haven't won a conference football championship in 30 years. :)
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Fun facts: I looked at all games listed on Sports-Reference that were played by the current "power 65" schools (P5 + ND). Then I counted how many other "power 65" opponents they have played at least once throughout history. Ranked in descending order:

1. Nebraska (59)
1. Texas (59)
3. Miami (FL) (58)
3. Michigan (58)
3. Ohio State (58)
6. Missouri (57)
6. Oklahoma (57)
6. Tennessee (57)
9. Notre Dame (56)
9. Penn State (56)
11. Baylor (55)
11. West Virginia (55)
13. Pittsburgh (54)
13. Syracuse (54)
15. LSU (53)
15. TCU (53)
15. Texas A&M (53)
15. USC (53)
19. Indiana (52)
20. Alabama (51)
20. Florida (51)
20. Georgia (51)
20. Kansas (51)
24. Auburn (50)
24. Kansas State (50)
24. Michigan State (50)
27. California (49)
27. North Carolina (49)
27. Northwestern (49)
27. Wisconsin (49)
31. Duke (48)
31. Maryland (48)
31. UCLA (48)
34. Florida State (47)
34. Georgia Tech (47)
34. Minnesota (47)
34. Purdue (47)
34. Texas Tech (47)
39. Arizona State (46)
39. Boston College (46)
39. Iowa (46)
42. Arizona (45)
42. Illinois (45)
42. Kentucky (45)
42. Stanford (45)
42. Vanderbilt (45)
42. Washington (45)
48. Colorado (44)
48. NC State (44)
48. Oregon (44)
48. Oregon State (44)
52. Louisville (43)
52. Virginia Tech (43)
54. Clemson (42)
54. Rutgers (42)
54. Virginia (42)
57. Oklahoma State (41)
57. South Carolina (41)
57. Wake Forest (41)
60. Arkansas (40)
60. Washington State (40)
62. Iowa State (39)
62. Mississippi State (39)
62. Utah (39)
65. Ole Miss (34)

Tied for the lead are Nebraska and Texas. Teams never played:

Nebraska: Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Texas: Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State
07-06-2017 09:12 PM
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