During the run on conference affiliation over the past few years, some argued that Notre Dame would not be able to stay independent forever. The Irish agreed and drew up an agreement to become a partial member in football to the ACC.
This agreement locked the Irish into five games against ACC opponents starting in 2014, and some of those matchups are coming into view.
Reports out of Tallahassee (via Rivals.com) state that the Florida State Seminoles and the Irish are set to play in 2014 (h/t College Football Talk). The game will be played in Tallahassee and is the only future matchup scheduled between the two schools.
There is no definitive date set for the game. However, according to the report, the contest is likely to be played early.
The announcement marks the third ACC opponent announced for the Irish in 2014, with Syracuse and Pitt also landing on the schedule.
There have been seven meetings between the two teams in years past, with a No. 1 vs. No. 2 game coming in 1993. Florida State went on to win the National Championship that year.
The Seminoles hold a winning record against the Irish, carrying a 5-2 all-time record. Three of the seven contests have come at neutral sites with two being bowl games.
The most recent showdown came in 2011 in the Champs Sports Bowl and ended with an 18-14 win for the Seminoles.
This will match two of college football’s most recognized and rising programs, and will be a big regular-season test for Brian Kelly’s squad. Matchups like these will keep Notre Dame in the national spotlight and contending for titles if it can walk away with the win.