Notre Dame is independent. Again.
After the Fighting Irish played in the ACC for the 2020 season (let’s face it – everything about sports in 2020 was weird, including this!), Notre Dame’s football program is back on its own, just as it was for each of the first 100+ years of its existence.
Of course, being part of a conference –even for a single season— wasn’t all bad. The Irish qualified for the ACC championship game with an unbeaten record, losing a rematch to Clemson after knocking off the top-ranked Tigers six weeks earlier.
Notre Dame ended up in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years, but lost in the semifinals to eventual national champion Alabama. Head coach Brian Kelly has taken the Irish to a bowl game in all but one of his 11 years at the helm, and enters 2021 looking for his fifth straight season with 10 or more wins.
Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan takes over at quarterback for Kelly’s team after starting a total of 18 games for the Badgers in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Coan and the Irish will be tested from the get-go, as the opening game this fall will be a Sunday night showdown at Florida State on September 5. Notre Dame’s home opener comes six days later against Toledo, with Purdue visiting South Bend the following weekend to renew their Shillelagh Trophy rivalry for the first time since 2014.
The Irish will host seven games at Notre Dame Stadium, including preseason top-10 foe Cincinnati (October 2) and longstanding rivals USC and Navy (October 23 and November 6, respectively). Other highlights of the schedule include a neutral site clash with Wisconsin at Chicago’s Soldier Field September 25 and a season-ending trip to Stanford November 27.
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