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Notre Dame Football: The ACC Is Treating Its Schedule Against The Irish Like They’re Bowl Games In 2019

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Is there swag? We were told there is swag.

Notre Dame vs Pitt
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The ACC released its football schedule for 2019, and if you’re the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, you’re feeling pretty special right now. Why is that? Because this year, the ACC feels that it needs as much practice time as it gets before facing Notre Dame.

Yes, you’re looking at that correctly. Notre Dame will play its usual 5 ACC games, and in 3 of those games, the Irish opponent will have a BYE week leading up to the game. In another game, the Irish will be the season opener.

While this does appear to be normal operating procedure for the ACC vs Notre Dame, only 5 games against the Irish since the deal in 2014 have seen the Irish opponent with a bye week leading up to the game.

I don’t know... 2019 seems like overkill to me.

Notre Dame is 18-7 in regular season ACC games since 2014. The last 2 years have seen Notre Dame produce a 9-1 record versus the ACC (that doesn’t include the loss to the Clemson Tigers in the college football playoff).

Notre Dame VS ACC (regular season)

YEAR OPPONENT OPPONENT'S PRIOR WEEK W/L
YEAR OPPONENT OPPONENT'S PRIOR WEEK W/L
2014 FSU SYRACUSE L
2014 LOUISVILLE BYE L
2014 SYRACUSE MARYLAND W
2104 N. CAROLINA VT W
2015 BC BYE W
2015 WF BYE W
2015 CLEMSON BYE L
2015 GT TULANE W
2015 PITT N. CAROLINA W
2015 VIRGINIA UCLA W
2016 NC STATE WF L
2016 DUKE NORTHWESTERN L
2016 VT GT L
2016 MIAMI VT W
2016 SYRACUSE UCONN W
2017 BC WF W
2017 NC STATE BYE W
2017 WF LOUISVILLE W
2017 MIAMI VT L
2017 NC STATE GT W
2018 SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE W
2018 WF BC W
2018 FSU NC STATE W
2018 VT DUKE W
2018 PITT SYRACUSE W
2019 LOUISVILLE Season Opener W
2019 VIRGINIA ODU W
2019 VT BYE W
2019 DUKE BYE W
2019 BC BYE W
TOTALS 30 GAMES 8 BYES 23-7