Fighting Irish Football

2016 Kickoff Times & 2017 Schedule

By John Heisler

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame has announced kickoff times for its six home football games for the 2016 season (and for its off-site home game against Army at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas) in addition to the complete 2017 Irish football schedule.

Here are the 2016 and 2017 schedules, with most times for road games in 2016 yet to be determined:

2016 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Date Opponent
Sept. 4 at Texas TBD
Sept. 10 NEVADA 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE 7:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Sept. 24 DUKE 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Oct. 1 vs. Syracuse TBD
(MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey)
Oct. 8 at NC State TBD
Oct. 15 STANFORD 7:30 p.m. EDT NBC
Oct. 22 Bye Week
Oct. 29 MIAMI 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC

Nov. 5 vs. Navy 11:30 a.m. EST CBS
(EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida)
Nov. 12 Army 2:30 p.m. CST NBC
(Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas) Shamrock Series
*Nov. 19
Nov. 26 at USC TBD

2017 Notre Dame Football Schedule

Sept. 2* TEMPLE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 9 GEORGIA Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Sept. 16 Boston College Alumni Stadium, Chestnut, Hill, Massachusetts
Sept. 23 Michigan State Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
Sept. 30 MIAMI (Ohio) Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

Oct. 7 North Carolina Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Oct. 14 Bye Week
Oct. 21 USC Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Oct. 28 N.C. STATE Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

Nov. 4 WAKE FOREST Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 11 Miami (Fla.) New Miami Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Nov. 18 NAVY Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Nov. 25 Stanford Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California

Stanford (16th appearance at Notre Dame Stadium in 2016) last played at Notre Dame in 2014. Michigan State (43rd appearance at Notre Dame, 32nd at Notre Dame Stadium) most recently played at Notre Dame Stadium in 2013. Miami comes to Notre Dame Stadium in 2016 for the first time since 1990 and makes its 10th appearance overall in Notre Dame’s home facility. Duke has made three previous appearances at Notre Dame Stadium (1958, 1966, 2007). Nevada and Virginia Tech will be facing Notre Dame in 2016 for the first time, home or away.

Nine of the 2016 Notre Dame opponents played in postseason bowl games following the 2015 season – including Nevada (7-6, won Arizona Bowl over Colorado State), Michigan State (12-2, lost Cotton Bowl to Alabama in College Football Playoff semifinal), Duke (8-5, won Pinstripe Bowl over Indiana), North Carolina State (7-6, lost Belk Bowl to Mississippi State), Stanford (12-2, won Rose Bowl over Iowa), Miami (8-5, lost Sun Bowl to Washington State), Navy (11-2, won Military Bowl over Pittsburgh), Virginia Tech (7-6, won Independence Bowl over Tulsa) and USC (8-6, lost Holiday Bowl to Wisconsin). Three of Notre Dame’s 2016 opponents finished in the final Associated Press poll for 2015—#3 Stanford, #6 Michigan State and #18 Navy.

The 2017 schedule will feature seven home games for the first time since 2010, as the Irish take a one-year break from their Shamrock Series games.

“In 2017, the first year in which we will compete in the renovated stadium, we thought it was important to maximize the opportunity for our fans to attend a home game,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics. “We look forward to restoring the Shamrock Series tradition in 2018 and the years beyond.”

All of the stadium renovations associated with Campus Crossroads, the $400 million project that will use the University of Notre Dame’s iconic football stadium as a hub for new facilities supporting academic and student life initiatives, will be completed by the start of the 2017 season. Laboratories, classrooms and offices for the anthropology and psychology departments will occupy four levels of the nine-story building on the east side of the stadium, with one level devoted to a digital media center. Space designed to enhance student development and formation will fill the first five levels of the nine-story building linked to the west side of the stadium. Both buildings will be topped by stadium seating and media accommodations. A structure connected to the south side of the stadium will house the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program. To request Notre Dame football season tickets, visit or call 574-631-3500.

Please note that South Bend observes Eastern time (including DST) year-round. In 2016, daylight time ends and standard time begins on Sunday, Nov. 5.