These two schools represent two of the blue-bloods of the sport of college football, and they serve as contrasting programs in terms of, well... just about everything. What they do hold in common are histories that very few in the country can come close to matching, and the names to draw almost every eye in the country as well.
Alabama isn’t known for traveling outside of their SEC comfort zone too often, and recently when they do, it’s a neutral site matchup. They are quick to point out that they played the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2011 in Happy Valley, and the mighty Duke Blue Devils in 2010 on the road. Yes... they really push the limit there.
Notre Dame continues to try and schedule SEC opponents itself. The Irish will play the Vanderbilt Commodores this upcoming season, the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2020 and 2022, and the Texas A&M Aggies in 2024 and 2025. The Irish will also travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs after facing them this past season in South Bend.
Unfortunately, there is nothing on the horizon for a restart of the series with the Tennessee Volunteers.
While this report and forthcoming announcement will have many people excited, the games probably won’t take place until the late 20’s - so any thoughts of a Kelly vs Saban rematch is pretty much a non-issue.
Hopefully Jack Swarbrick will keep his paws off of the locations and they don’t end up playing this game in China, or Egypt, or Minneapolis - or wherever else he feels that the Irish should put a footprint.
Notre Dame is 5-2 all time against Alabama. Bear Bryant never beat the Irish, and depending on the date of the games, the Bear’s grandson (QB Paul Tyson) could claim a victory in one of these games - for one side or another.
Notre Dame won the last time these two played in the regular season in 1987.