Notre Dame adds Boise State to 2025 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have added the Boise State Broncos to their 2025 football schedule, it was announced on Tuesday.

Notre Dame will host Boise State at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2025. The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Per Bronco Nation News, the Broncos will receive a $1.35 million guarantee for the game.

The Fighting Irish, who play as an FBS Independent, now have 11 games scheduled for the 2025 season. Other teams scheduled to visit South Bend next season include Texas A&M on Sept. 13, Purdue on Sept. 20, USC on Oct. 18, and Navy on Nov. 8. NC State and Syracuse are also set to visit Notre Dame Stadium on dates to be announced.

Road opponents for Notre Dame in 2025 include Arkansas on Sept. 27 and three ACC opponents on dates to be determined — Boston College, Miami (FL), and Pitt.

With the addition of Notre Dame, Boise State has tentatively completed its non-conference schedule in 2025. The Broncos are scheduled to open the season on the road against the USF Bulls on Aug. 30 before hosting the Eastern Washington Eagles on Sept. 6. Boise State will also host the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sept. 27, which is the first game of a home-and-home series that was announced last week.

As part of a scheduling agreement between the Mountain West and the Pac-12, Boise State will likely travel to play at either Oregon State or Washington State in 2025. Those five non-conference games will go along with seven Mountain West opponents to form Boise State’s 12-game schedule.

Boise State was previously scheduled to play a home-and-home series with the Houston Cougars in 2024 and 2025, but that series will be rescheduled in the future, per Boise State Director of Athletics Jeremiah Dickey.

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Notre Dame probably fills the last game with Stanford. With Stanford now in the ACC, it may be part of the 5 ACC games but it may be separate. I expect it will still be an annual game.

What I’ve proposed is Stanford be among the 5 ACC opponents played every year, the only ACC opponent played annually, while rotating among the other 16 ACC football teams on an 8-year schedule, with that 8-year rotation determined by a random draw.

Good News Bad News Good News Notre Dame will play Stanford Bad News it will not take place in 2025 “Hang In There”

The ACC opponents could very well be altered so that ND’s tradition of closing odd-numbered years at Stanford remains alive.

I have zero issues with ACC opponents that alternate with Notre Dame & I would like to see Notre Dame play ACC on Thanksgiving Weekend EVERY YEAR & same thing with UCLA-USC also play on Thanksgiving Weekend EVERY YEAR to make life more easier on USC for a program facing a very long road ahead.

Please forgive me Z-Man sorry I am not Enthusiastic about ND-USC rivalry however My favorite Big Ten opponent involving Notre Dame actually is Purdue and they are 108 miles between South Bend & West Lafayette.

Lots of question marks for 2025 still. Awaiting announcement on the status of ND-Stanford series (25 ND@Stan; 26 Stan @ND). ND is listed on Syracuse 2025 schedule for 9/6. But Syracuse listed on ND 2025 schedule as TBA. Strange that Syracuse plays at Notre Dame two years in a row (25-26). Syracuse has to drop one game from their 25 OOC schedule. And Army still has to cancel several games in 25-26. Will Army keep the 25-26 series with Syracuse? Or will Army cancel Syracuse series and keep @Kansas St (25) and @WF (26), and then cancel CCU series (26-27). And UMass still needs to cancel one or two 2025 games.

I like Notre Dame to play Stanford regardless of Alternating or Traditional I have zero concerns over it.

Apologies Kevin. Brain fart. UConn-Syracuse on 9/6. The rest of my points appear correct. So what’s your thought on whom Syracuse drops? Or if Army drops Syracuse. Either way if the Conn or Army games stay on the schedule, then Syracuse would not be playing an FCS program. Doesn’t help if Conn is trying to make a bowl, which is doubtful anyway.

Could actually be the “second” meeting between Notre Dame and Boise State. If things go well for both schools, we might see the Broncos and the Irish meeting in a CFP first round game at Notre Dame Stadium in December. I would love that!!

My suggestion would be Notre Dame play host to California Golden Bears & have San Diego State to Host UTSA to replace California now that UTSA have couple of openings for OOC opponents.

Supposedly, Cal and SMU will each get two games vs. Notre Dame by replacing other ACC teams on future Notre Dame schedules, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

I would like Notre Dame play at Miami Thanksgiving weekend 2025 at Miami.

On Thanksgiving weekend 2026 I like Notre Dame to play at Florida State & Florida play at North Carolina State & Florida-Florida State play first weekend of 2026 College Football season.

I really like to see Notre Dame-USC Rivalry to start playing in September beginning next year 2025 to accommodate Big Ten playing OOC games in September.

The following is My educated guess for 2025 Notre Dame Football schedule

8/30 at Pittsburgh

9/6 California

9/13 at Michigan

9/20 Purdue

9/27 at Arkansas

10/4 Boise State

10/11 Bye

10/18 Texas A&M

10/25 Syracuse

11/1 at Boston College

11/8 Navy

11/15 Bye

11/22 North Carolina State

11/29 at Miami

Richard I want to be prepared for Notre Dame-USC Football rivalry to end & if it should happen My suggestion would be to have Notre Dame to play Michigan & Central Michigan to play Texas State & Arizona State to play USC all in Week 3 of 2025 College Football season.

Notre Dame-Texas A&M be pushed back to Week 8 10/18/25.

College Football schedules are subject to revisal at anytime.

Not really. I mean, sure, in theory it’s possible, but in reality, ND and USC aren’t ending their rivalry any time soon and UMich isn’t adding ND next year on short notice when they already have a full OOC slate (including a game against OU) no matter how much you may want all that to happen.

Have yourself a safe & happy day Richard.

This is something Z-Man should do instead of Constantly arguing with everybody.

ND-Stanford is only a relatively recent “rivalry.” ND’s most longstanding rival in the ACC is Pitt. If there is any ACC team that should be on ND’s schedule annually, it’s Pitt. BC, GT, Miami, and Stanford are the other teams that have played ND relatively often, and should get preferential treatment in scheduling the Irish, though GT may not be so eager given the annual matchup with UGA. Stanford should try to get USC on the schedule on a semi-annual basis given their history, and school similarities.

Annual ACC rivalries for Notre Dame is not necessary.

Main reason why I want USC-Notre Dame to end so that USC can have Stanford,Arizona State & Oregon State as it’s third & last OOC match up to replace Notre Dame.

Agreed that Stanford-USC and Cal-UCLA should be scheduled regularly. Maybe that will happen eventually. Maybe someday they will all be in the same conference again.

Also M as a Arizona State Fan I would like My Sun Devils to play past Pac 12 teams like USC,Stanford & Oregon State for OOC game & I am confident they will fit something in with current three game OOC schedule now that Arizona State currently in Big 12.

On second thought I like to see Notre Dame-USC meet in September every year plus I am A Fan of Big Ten playing OOC opponents in September also I really like to USC-UCLA play every Thanksgiving weekend & same thing for Notre Dame-Various ACC Teams.
I am still confident that USC will play past Pac 12 opponents like Arizona State,Stanford & Oregon State as long USC do not play an FCS opponent & speaking of Arizona State I would like them to play USC Week 2 2025 season & have Georgia Southern play at Mississippi State also Week 2 2025 season.

I have six suggestions for College Football schedule during 2026 season.

Week 1

Florida at Florida State

Richmond at North Carolina State

Week 2

North Carolina State at Florida State

Notre Dame at USC

Week 13(Thanksgiving Weekend)

Notre Dame at Florida State

Florida at North Carolina State