USF Football announces 3-game series with Notre Dame starting next month

USF vs Notre Dame series
Posted at 11:42 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 11:42:26-04

The University of South Florida has announced a three-game football series with Notre Dame beginning next month.

The move comes as USF tries to fill out its non-conference schedule amid some schools' decision to opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

The Bulls' first game against the Fighting Irish will be Saturday, Sept. 19 on a day where USF was initially scheduled to play the University of Nevada.

The addition of the three-game series with Notre Dame gives USF scheduled future nonconference home dates in Raymond James Stadium against Florida (2021), Alabama (2023), Louisville (2024), NC State (2024), Boise State (2025), Miami (2027) and the Irish.

USF has only played Notre Dame in football once, a 23-20 upset of No.16-ranked Irish to open the 2011 season.

"We are very excited for our program and our players to have the opportunity to play Notre Dame in South Bend in front of a national TV audience during the 2020 season," USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. "It's not only a terrific addition for this season, but will bring Notre Dame to play in Tampa for the first time and adds the Irish to a terrific slate of future nonconference opponents that includes teams such as Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Boise State and BYU."

Notre Dame enters the 2020 season ranked No. 10 in preseason Associated Press poll after going 11-2 in 2019.

USF previously announced the addition of The Citadel to the Bulls' 2020 schedule on Sat., Sept. 12 in Raymond James Stadium.