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Notre Dame, Georgia agree to home-and-home college football series
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame and Georgia officially announced Wednesday, June 25, a home-and-home series for the 2017 and 2019 seasons.

The series will mark the first-ever regular season meeting between the storied programs. The two teams will meet Sept. 9, 2017, in South Bend, and Sept. 21, 2019, in Athens, Ga.

“As our football schedules evolved with the start of our Atlantic Coast Conference competition in 2014, we had future games slated with top-drawer opponents in virtually all the major conferences," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement.

"One exception was the Southeastern Conference, so we are pleased now to be able to check that box. These will be two contests that will have great national appeal, in part because our only previous matchup came in a bowl game.”

Notre Dame and Georgia have met just once before, when the top-ranked Bulldogs beat the No. 7 Irish in the 1981 Sugar Bowl to claim the consensus national title.

“This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters," Georgia director of athletics Greg McGarity said in a statement. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience."

"Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. "I have a lot of respect for the job Coach Kelly is doing there and I'm sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete."

The announcement came two months after Notre Dame initially said it was exploring a series with Georgia. At the time, head coach Brian Kelly said playing Georgia would make sense from a recruitment angle.

“These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition. Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally," Kelly said in a statement.

Notre Dame’s last meeting with an SEC team was a 41-21 win over Tennessee in 2005.