As an independent we've been getting used to new opponents being added to future Fighting Irish schedules and now you can tack on another one.
Already clearing space on my recorder for the opposing head coach's press conference when Miami of Ohio visits Notre Dame in '17.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 6, 2014
Yes, Chuck Martin will be coming back to South Bend assuming he's still the head coach at Miami (OH) in a few years. He's more likely to get fired than leave for another job but we wish him the best in the rebuilding job he's facing right now.
This game will take place in week 5 following a road game at Michigan State, as the Spartans come back on the schedule in 2016 for a home-and home. The 2017 schedule is shaping up as follows:
- 9/2 vs. Temple
- 9/9 vs. Georgia
- 9/23 at Michigan State
- 9/30 vs. Miami (OH)
- 11/18 vs. Navy
I have not been able to verify that the opener against Temple is still taking place, plus there was a tentative scheduled game against the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables to finish the regular season.
Additional home games against NC State and USC will be fit in as will road games against Boston College, Louisville, and Stanford. If the Miami game stands in 2017--no matter where it's played--Notre Dame will need an additional ACC team to fill out this schedule.
In other news, as expected the game at Florida State in a couple weeks will be in primetime.
We will be back in the national primetime spot light next week. The game at No. 1 Florida State will be an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC.— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) October 6, 2014
You won't believe this, but ABC decided to make Notre Dame at Florida State its 8 p.m. national game on Oct. 18.— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) October 6, 2014
We'll see if Florida State can hang on to its No. 1 ranking this weekend. They are just two points ahead of Auburn in the AP Poll and 141 points ahead of No. 3 Mississippi State. Those two SEC teams play each other on Saturday so the winner could definitely jump the Seminoles for the top spot in the country. Nevertheless, if both the Irish and Seminoles take care of business this weekend it should be a matchup of Top 5 teams with ESPN GameDay surely to take it show to Tallahassee.