With Notre Dame set to begin playing five football games against ACC teams beginning in 2014, the Irish have been busy altering their future football schedules to accommodate the extra games.
Notre Dame’s 2014 schedule ballooned to 14 games after the addition of the five ACC games. But that number is now down to 13, as the Irish have moved their Oct. 11, 2014 game at Temple to the 2015 season.
Temple’s interim athletic director Kevin Clark confirmed the move of the Notre Dame game during an interview with Bill Evans of OwlsDaily.com.
The Fighting Irish now only need to cancel or postpone one more game to get their 2014 schedule down to 12 games. The remaining schedule move will likely affect either the Rice, Purdue or Northwestern game.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Notre Dame was going to drop a road game at Arizona State from their 2014 schedule. But the two sides were able to work out an agreement to save the 2014 game, although a 2017 match-up was canceled.
Notre Dame is currently scheduled to open the 2014 season at home vs. Rice. The Irish are also slated to host Michigan, Purdue, Stanford, Northwestern, Louisville, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. Road games include Navy, Arizona State, USC, Florida State, and Syracuse (at MetLife Stadium).
With Temple added to the 2015 schedule, Notre Dame now has 12 games for that season barring any other moves or cancellations.
To replace the 2014 home game against Notre Dame, the Temple Owls have agreed to open the season at Vanderbilt on Aug. 30. Temple’s other three non-conference games in 2014 are at home vs. Navy (Sept. 6) and Maryland (Sept. 20) and at Penn State (Nov. 15).
The addition of Notre Dame to Temple’s 2015 schedule gives them their four non-conference games. The Owls are also scheduled to host Penn State and travel to UMass and Charlotte.