Previewing the Fighting Irish’s Upcoming Season
Notre Dame will kickoff the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. As the Irish look to open the 2015 season at home, they prepare to face four teams ranked in top 25 across the AP Coaches Poll and the USA Today’s Coaches Poll.
Notre Dame will open the season on September 5th against Texas, marking the first meeting in 19 years between the Irish and the Longhorns. Notre Dame defeated Texas 27-24 with a field goal in the final seconds of their last match-up in 1996. Next up in September, the Irish will travel to Charlottesville, VA to take on Virginia, before heading home for two weeks to face Georgia Tech(USA/17) and UMass.
Notre Dame will travel to South Carolina for a long awaited rematch against Clemson(USA/12) on October 3rd. The Irish fell to the Tigers 16-10 in their 1979 game in South Bend. The 2015 match-up will mark the second meeting with Clemson in program history.
The Irish will return home for back to back match-ups to round out October. First the Irish will host the Midshipmen of Navy, who the Irish defeated last season 49-39 at FedEx Field in Hyattsville, MD. Next up, Notre Dame will welcome the USC Trojans (USA/10). The team will wrap up October with a bye week, followed by a trip to Philadelphia, PA to play Temple.
In November the Irish will head to Pittsburgh, PA to take on Pitt. Notre Dame leads the series 6-4. The Irish will then play Wake Forest in their final home game in South Bend in search of their third win in a three game series with the Demon Deacons.
On November 21st the Irish head to Boston, MA for the seventh Shamrock Series game against Boston College at the historic Fenway Park. The match-up will mark the first football game to be played at Fenway since 1968. The Irish and Eagles have met 22 times with Notre Dame holding a 13-9 advantage in the series.
To close out the 2015 season, the Irish will head to California to face Stanford (USA/21) on November 28th.
Stay tuned to gameday.nd.edu for updates and home game information throughout the season.