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Notre Dame Football: Irish add the two games owed to South Florida on the schedule

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Keeping promises

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On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced that they were scheduling the South Florida Bulls to two games in the future. The first game will be in Tampa Bay in 2029, while the other will be in South Bend in 2031.

Per the press release from Notre Dame:

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame and University of South Florida football programs have announced a future home-and-home series in 2029 and 2031.

The first installment of the series will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, 2029, in Tampa, Florida. The two teams will conclude the series on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2031, at Notre Dame Stadium.

The series history between the two squads is tied at one win apiece, with USF winning the inaugural meeting 23-20 (September 3, 2011) and Notre Dame emerging victorious in the most recent matchup, a 52-0 shutout at Notre Dame Stadium in 2020..

The upcoming game slated for 2029 will be the first meeting of the two teams outside of Notre Dame Stadium.

In the summer os 2020 as everything was getting turned upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Michigan Broncos fell off of Notre Dame’s schedule and the Irish wanted a replacement. According to the ACC rules last year, any out of conference opponent had to be from an “ACC state” and USF fit the mold.

The contract signed last year stated that IF the game in 2020 was played, then a home and home series would be scheduled for the future. The Irish and USF made good on that agreement today.