The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2028 and 2029, both schools announced on Thursday.
“This series speaks to Notre Dame’s commitment to play against the best that college football has to offer,” said Notre Dame vice president and James E. Rohr director of athletics Jack Swarbrick. “With the addition of Alabama, 12 different programs that have participated in New Year’s Six bowl games since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014-15 have appeared or will appear on Notre Dame’s schedule, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan State — all of which have earned a berth to the CFP semifinals. College football and our fans benefit when the sport’s best programs play each other. We are thrilled to join Alabama in making sure that continues to happen.”
In the first game of the series, Notre Dame will host Alabama at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 2, 2028. The Crimson Tide will then play host to the Fighting Irish at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 1, 2029.
“It doesn’t get more tradition-rich than Alabama and Notre Dame when it comes to college football,” Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “What a great opportunity this is for our program and for our fans to kick off the 2028 and 2029 seasons.”
Alabama and Notre Dame first met in 1973 and the two schools have played seven times overall. The Crimson Tide won the last meeting 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game to conclude the 2012 season. However, the Fighting Irish still hold a 5-2 edge in the series.
“We are excited to be able to add a home-and-home series with a team like Notre Dame,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “Alabama and Notre Dame represent two of the most storied programs in college football history. What a great opportunity for our team and our fans to be able to witness these teams play in two of the sport’s most iconic venues in Tuscaloosa and South Bend.”