Irish, Dawgs to Tussle Twice

Irish, Dawgs to Tussle Twice

Notre Dame will make its way to SEC country in September 2019 but not before one of the conference's traditional powers travels north to South Bend.

Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick made good on his January 2014 promise today, helping to secure a home-and-home football series with SEC school Georgia.

The Irish will host the Bulldogs on September 9, 2017, likely the second game of the season for both schools. Notre Dame will make a trip to Athens, Ga., two years later for a September 21, 2019 matchup at Sanford Stadium.

"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," said Swarbrick in a release provided by UND.com.

"One exception was the Southeastern Conference, so we are pleased now to be able to check that box. These will be two contests that will have great national appeal, in part because our only previous matchup came in a bowl game."

The matchup Swarbrick referenced pitted No. 1 and undefeated Georgia against one-loss, No. 5-ranked Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl with the Bulldogs winning 17-10 to claim the 1980 national championship.

"These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition. (Head coach) Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally," said Irish coach Brian Kelly.

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