College football: Notre Dame-Georgia series announced
Notre Dame’s football team hasn’t faced an SEC team in the regular season since 2005.
That changes in 2017.
The Irish announced a home-and-home series with Georgia on Wednesday.
The teams will meet Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend and Sept. 21, 2019, in Athens, Georgia.
“These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “(Georgia coach) Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally.”
This will be Notre Dame’s first regular-season game against an SEC team since the Irish beat Tennessee 41-21 on Nov. 5, 2005. Notre Dame’s most recent game against an SEC school was the BCS national title game loss to Alabama on Jan. 7, 2013.
“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. One exception was the Southeastern Conference, so we are pleased now to be able to check that box,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. “These will be two contests that will have great national appeal, in part because our only previous matchup came in a bowl game.”
Georgia won the only meeting between the teams 17-10 in the 1981 Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The sides have been discussing a series for several months.
“Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us,” Richt said in a statement. “I have a lot of respect for the job coach Kelly is doing there and I’m sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete.”
Notre Dame opens the 2014 season with a home game against Rice on Aug. 30.