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It’s official: Notre Dame and Georgia to play in ’17, ’19

Missouri v Georgia

Missouri v Georgia

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With speculation ramping up earlier, both Georgia and Notre Dame made their two-game series official Wednesday, announcing the home-and-home series. The Irish and Bulldogs will meet on September 9, 2017 in South Bend before playing in Athens on September 21, 2019.

These will be the first two regular season meetings for the schools.

“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 vice president/athletics 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.”

That previous matchup was Georgia’s 17-10 victory in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, helping Georgia claim a national championship as freshman Herschel Walker carried the load for the Bulldogs.

Georgia released the news on their official website, with a video conversation from athletic director Greg McGarity.

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

Added Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, “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,” said Irish coach Brian Kelly.”