Notre Dame-Temple matchup in Philly pushed to 2015

Notre Dame-Temple matchup in Philly pushed to 2015
July 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
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JJ Stankevitz

Notre Dame and Temple will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in 2015 instead of 2014, a Temple spokesman confirmed Friday.

With an agreement to play five games against ACC opponents kicking in for 2014, Notre Dame had 14 games scheduled for the season. With Temple pushed back, that's now down to 13 but still means another contest will have to be cut or rescheduled.

With five games against traditional rivals (USC, Stanford, Navy, Purdue and Michigan, the latter of which is the last scheduled meeting between the two programs) and five ACC opponents (Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Florida State), Notre Dame still has to cut a game from the remaining pool of Rice, Northwestern and Arizona State.

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Notre Dame informed Arizona State it was considering removing the 2014 game in Tempe from its schedule, although later recanted and will go ahead with the game next fall. The Irish have a home-and-home agreement with Northwestern to play in South Bend in 2014 and Evanston in 2018, so perhaps there's some flexibility there. An agreement to play Rice in 2014 was announced in December of 2011.