The Purdue Boilermakers have added the Missouri Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies to their future football schedules, plus they have altered their series with Notre Dame, the school announced in a release today.
In the first game of a home-and-home series, Purdue will travel to face Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia on Sept. 16, 2017. The Boilermakers will then host the Tigers at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on Sept. 15, 2018.
Purdue and Missouri have met eight times overall and the Boilermakers lead the series 6-2. In their last meeting in 1980, Purdue came out on top 28-25 in the Liberty Bowl.
Purdue has also scheduled a home-and-home series with the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Boilermakers will host the Hokies in their first ever meeting on Sept. 19, 2015. Purdue will then travel to face Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg on Sept. 9, 2023.
Due to the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016 and Notre Dame signing an agreement with the ACC, the Purdue-Notre Dame series has been altered significantly.
The first change involves the 2014 game which is slated for Sept. 13. Previously a Notre Dame home game, the contest will move to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will be the “Shamrock Series” game for the Irish. It will kickoff at 7:30pm ET on NBC.
“We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. “Both schools have great fan and alumni bases there, so it will make for an entertaining evening of college football.”
The second and biggest change is that Purdue and Notre Dame will no longer meet annually. The two schools were slated to meet at Purdue in 2015, 2017, and 2019 and at Notre Dame in 2016 and 2018. However, those five contests have been canceled.
After the 2014 meeting, Purdue and Notre Dame will not play again until Sept. 19, 2020 when the Irish visit West Lafayette. Purdue will later host Notre Dame on Sept. 14, 2024.
The Boilermakers will travel to Notre Dame on Sept. 18, 2021 and Sept. 13, 2025. Then in 2026, Notre Dame and Purdue will meet at a neutral site to be determined.
“Jack (Swarbrick, Notre Dame A.D.) and I tried everything we could to keep the series going without interruption,” Burke said. “But, between the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule and Notre Dame’s affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, it just didn’t work out. The series is important to both schools, and we are pleased that we are able to extend it through 2026.”
Purdue also announced two other schedules changes — a home game vs. Eastern Kentucky that was scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 will be moved to Sept. 3, 2016. A home game with Cincinnati was previously slated for Sept. 3, 2016 and will move to Sept. 10, 2016.