Setting up Notre Dame’s ideal football schedule

Notre Dame’s schedule in past seasons has led to many wins, but the home schedule has been particularly light and uninspiring most seasons. The upcoming schedules are getting a little tougher with programs like Ohio State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Alabama coming to South Bend over the next decade.

The planning philosophy was a bit difficult to understand. Irish Breakdown thought it would be a fun experience to delve into what the football calendar should look like. It was our topic of conversation on our last show.

The first part of the breakdown includes what the schedule should look like with the ACC’s current five-game commitment. We break down who the rivals should be, and we both think Notre Dame should ditch Stanford and add a new rival, but we disagree on who the new rival on the schedule should be.

We explain how the Irish program should integrate the five power conferences and balance the timetable for the benefit of recruitment, developing a challenging timetable that enhances Notre Dame’s CV and also ensures that it is not unbalanced.

The second part of the show is to see what it would look like if Notre Dame no longer had the ACC commitment. It was an even more interesting conversation, and I explain why Tennessee should be added as a new annual opponent and Vince makes the case for Miami.

Two proposals were discussed. One plays Hawaii every four years or so in order to sometimes get a 13th game of data points, and we’re also talking about Notre Dame creating a 3 game scheduling format with teams instead of l ‘current home-and-home or one-time format.

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Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
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Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
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