Notre Dame football finally will get an opportunity for revenge against Alabama. The Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide agreed to a home-and-home series and released the dates of the two games Thursday afternoon.
Alabama will visit South Bend on Sept. 2, 2028, and Notre Dame will venture to the South to kick off the 2029 season in Tuscaloosa.
The monumental matchup is set.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) April 19, 2018
The last time Notre Dame and Alabama met was in the 2012 BCS Championship Game, where the Crimson Tide dominated 42-14. The loss ruined Notre Dame’s perfect season as the Irish finished 12-1. The Irish haven’t even recorded a 2-loss season since then.
The Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide have met six other times, but the clash for the national championship is the only one in the last 30 years. The Irish hold an all-time 5-2 series lead.
Playing SEC competition since 2012, though, is nothing new for the Fighting Irish. Last season, Notre Dame hosted Georgia in Week 2, and this season the Irish will play the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. The Irish nearly knocked off the eventual SEC champion before losing 20-19.
Notre Dame will play SEC members Vanderbilt in 2018, Arkansas in 2020 and Texas A&M in 2024 and 2025.
For Alabama, a home-and-home series is unusual. The last notable program outside the SEC the Crimson Tide faced on the road and then at home was Penn State in 2010 and 2011.