Notre Dame And Arkansas Set For First Ever Football Meeting

July 6, 2017 Bryan Driskell, Football Analyst

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The Notre Dame football program has looked to create a dynamic scheduling formula that includes traditional rivals like USC, Stanford and Navy to go along with its five-game ACC schedule that will go until 2037.

In recent years Notre Dame has also scheduled programs like Georgia, who it will meet for just the second team this September, with the Irish set to return to Athens in 2019. Notre Dame has schedule a home-and-home series with Michigan in 2018 and 2019, a home-and-home with Ohio State (2022, 2023) and a home-and-home with Texas A&M (2024, 2025).

Notre Dame has added yet another SEC powerhouse to its future schedule as the Irish agreed to a home-and-home with Arkansas. Notre Dame will host the Razorbacks on September 12, 2020 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish will travel to Fayetteville on Oct. 4, 2025 for a game in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

It will be the first meeting between the two programs on the football field. Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky are the only SEC programs Notre Dame has never faced. In 2020 the Razorbacks can be checked off that list.

Notre Dame has played 43 games against teams currently in the SEC Conference, with the Irish holding a 25-18 advantage. Its 11 games against LSU is the most against any SEC foe, with the Irish winning the last matchup between the two teams 31-28 in the 2014 Music City Bowl. That also happens to be the last time Notre Dame played an SEC foe.

“This two-game series will provide our program with another opportunity to play a top-caliber foe from the Southeastern Conference,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in the program's release regarding the matchup. “Coach (Bret) Bielema is a tremendous coach and his teams have always played a physical style of football. I know our team and fans will be excited to play the Razorbacks.”

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