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USC-Notre Dame Extend Football Series Through the 2023 Season

Andrew SteierContributor IIIJune 26, 2013

USC and Notre Dame's rivalry will continue to be an annual affair through the 2023 season thanks to an agreement reached by the two schools Wednesday, according to

The two storied programs have met in all but three seasons (1943-1945) since 1926, with the Irish holding the edge in the series with a 44-35-5 record.

As one of the most iconic series in college football, it has produced many unforgettable moments over the years, as the Trojans and Irish frequently contended for national championships.

In the 1964 matchup in the Coliseum, an unranked USC team spoiled Notre Dame's bid for an undefeated season and national title in coach Ara Parseghian's first year.Then, there was Dan Devine's 1977 unveiling of the green jerseys that spurned the Irish on to a 49-19 victory led by Joe Montana. And perhaps, most notable was 2005's "Bush Push" that denied Notre Dame's upset of then-No.1 USC.

This agreement between the schools ensures that many more classics are forthcoming, which must be music to the ears of the Notre Dame faithful.

Following their agreement with the ACC, Notre Dame subsequently ended its annual date with Michigan. A breakup, which the Wolverines made abundantly clear, was not mutual.

No matter how deep the Irish's distaste for the Trojans is, they will be pleased to see that at least one of their annual rivalry games is being protected.

Meanwhile, for USC, this is just one of a few scheduling moves to solidify future non-conference schedules.  Per the report, the Trojans have also added a three-game series with BYU and home dates against Idaho, Arkansas State and New Mexico in the coming years.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden seems happy with these new agreements:

Not only are we pleased to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and mid-October in South Bend.  Adding the series with BYU, which is a great matchup for the fans of both teams and for all college football fans, helped us in that regard.

No word yet on Haden's excitement over the Idaho, Arkansas State and New Mexico deals.

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