Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Alabama, Notre Dame finalize future home-and-home series

Alabama, Notre Dame finalize future home-and-home series

Notre Dame holds a 5-2 edge in the series with three meetings coming in bowl games.

The two programs then held home-and-home series in 1976 (South Bend) and 1980 (Birmingham) and then again in 1986 (Birmingham) and 1987 (South Bend).

The No. 3 and 10-0 Fighting Irish defeated No. 1 and 11-0 Alabama on December 31, 1973 in the Sugar Bowl, 24-23, to capture the national title.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne had been spearheading the search for future opponents.

Two of the winningest programs in college football history will square off starting in the 2028 season.

College football heavyweights Alabama and Notre Dame will visit one another for nonconference games in 2028 and 2029.


Barring a future bowl matchup, the game on September 2, 2018 at Notre Dame will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Crimson Tide's 42-14 victory over the Irish in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama will play at Notre Dame on September 2, 2028. "What a great opportunity for our teams and our fans to be able to witness these teams play in two of the sport's most iconic venues in Tuscaloosa and South Bend".

The teams have previously played seven times dating back to 1973, with Notre Dame claiming five victories. They'll both be season-openers, but the series won't begin until the year 2028. Alabama has typically eschewed these type of series in the Nick Saban era, opting instead for lucrative paydays for neutral site games.

The two schools last played in January 2013, a 42-12 rout by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

The following year No. 7 Notre Dame posted the largest margin of victory in the series with a 37-6 conquest of No. 10 Alabama on November 14, 1987.

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