Irish release five-game ACC schedule through 2016

jgiglio@newsobserver.comApril 19, 2013 

  • Notre Dame’s ACC opponents 2014

    Home: Louisville, UNC, Wake; Road: FSU, Syracuse

    2015

    Home: BC, Georgia Tech; Road: Clemson, Pitt, Virginia

    2016

    Home: Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech; Road: N.C. State, Syracuse

Notre Dame’s unique partnership with the ACC won’t the bring the Fighting Irish’s football team to the state of North Carolina until 2016.

North Carolina and Wake Forest will go to South Bend, Ind., in 2014, the first year of Notre Dame’s abbreviated ACC schedule.

The Fighting Irish will be in the ACC in all sports, except football, starting this fall. The traditional national power will remain independent in football but will play five ACC teams each year beginning in 2014.

The Irish, who finished 12-1 in 2012 and lost to Alabama in the BCS title game, will host UNC, Wake and ACC newcomer Louisville and go to Florida State and Syracuse in 2014.

The Irish will not play an in-state team in 2015, but will play at Clemson, and will host Duke in 2016 and make its first trip to N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium that season.

North Carolina and Notre Dame split a home-and-home series in 2006 and ’08, with each team winning at home.

The Irish swept a home-and-home with the Demon Deacons in 2011 and ’12 and won their last meeting with Duke, 28-7, in 2007.

N.C. State and Notre Dame have only met once, a 28-6 Wolfpack win in the 2003 Gator Bowl.

Notre Dame plays every team in the ACC once in the three-year cycle. Syracuse, which previously scheduled games when it was in the Big East, is the only ACC team the Irish will play twice.

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