Today, Notre Dame and the ACC announced the conference opponents the Fighting Irish will play in the first three seasons of their football partnership with the league that begins with the 2014 season. Here they are:
With Notre Dame's scheduling agreement with the conference, every program is guaranteed to play the Irish once every three years and host Notre Dame at least once every six seasons. It appears that Syracuse has earned the extra game in the Irish's schedule rotation. That's a bit disappointing, as I thought the school could have better protected the Holy War rivalry by giving the extra to BC. I'd imagine 'Cuse getting the extra game has quite a bit to do with the fact that both games will be played in the Meadowlands which, I don't know, seems kinda lame for fans of both programs.
For Boston College, the next installment of the Holy War series with the Irish will be in 2015, which probably not coincidentally was the next scheduled meeting between the two schools in the previously inked non-conference series (though that game was scheduled to be played at BC, not in South Bend). With this news, I'd imagine the previously scheduled 2016 meeting between the two programs will be cancelled. That means the next meeting between the two programs will occur between 2017-19 in Chestnut Hill.
Boston College and Notre Dame have met 22 times on the gridiron with the Irish owning a 13-9 record in the all-time series. The Irish have won four straight after losing six straight in the series from 2001-2008.
BC's 2015 tentative non-conference schedule includes home games against Army, Buffalo and New Mexico State. With Notre Dame set to hit the Heights now once every six seasons, I hope Brad Bates has a few marquee programs lined up to fill the void left by the Irish on the Eagles' home schedule.