Notre Dame, ACC announce 2014-2016 games

Notre Dame, ACC announce 2014-2016 games
April 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's ACC opponents and locations for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons were released Friday, bringing into focus a deal the school signed with the conference last September.

In 2014, Notre Dame will play at Florida State and at Syracuse, and will welcome Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest to South Bend. The game against Syracuse was originally scheduled to be played MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

2015 will see Notre Dame host Boston College and Georgia Tech in South Bend, with road games at Clemson, Pittsburgh and Virginia. In 2016, Notre Dame travels to N.C. State and Syracuse with home games against Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech on the schedule.

"The football partnership between the ACC and Notre Dame will not only enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. “One of the benefits, moving forward, is that almost all of our student-athletes will have an opportunity to play against Notre Dame during their ACC careers which is extremely special.”

The addition of five ACC games will have a significant effect on Notre Dame's future schedules. The school is already attempting to strike a road game against Arizona State from its 2014 schedule--something ASU is fighting against--and Notre Dame's last scheduled game against Michigan is in 2014.

It's expected Notre Dame will continue its annual game against Navy, Stanford and USC in addition to its five ACC opponents. Notre Dame currently has 10 opponents scheduled in 2014, but needs to add four ACC games to its schedule--Syracuse is already scheduled. The Irish are slated to play Rice, Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Stanford, Temple, Arizona State, Navy, Northwestern and USC in 2014.