Notre Dame football: A History of Shamrock Series Uniforms
2009: Notre Dame 40 Washington State 14
The first Shamrock Series game ever was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The opponent was Washington State out of the PAC-12, and despite this being the end of the Charlie Weis era, the Cougars weren’t a match. Of course, this was a Washington State team that was coached by Paul Wulff, who went 9-40 in four seasons, so the competition wasn’t exactly steep.
This is also the only Shamrock Series game where Notre Dame football wore their traditional home uniforms. Those home uniforms are a great, classic look, but it’s a little strange to think that this game was ever played in them.
Then when you consider how muted the gold was at the time, and the helmets feel bland.
2010: Notre Dame 27 Army 3
Straight out of the 1946 Game of the Century, Notre Dame met Army at Yankees Stadium in the Bronx. Unlike the Game of the Century, this one didn’t end in a 0-0 tie, where the best play of the game was a tackle.
As for the uniforms, Notre Dame football turned it into a Green Jersey Game. These are also my personal favorite version of the green jersey, which is a dark forest green with gold lettering. The Kelly green with navy letters just don’t hit the same way. Far from the most creative Shamrock Series uniforms ever
2011: Notre Dame 45 Maryland 21
Another easy win for the Irish, Notre Dame football played Maryland at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland in 2011. This year saw both teams rock uniforms that matched who they were culturally, with Maryland embracing the state flag in a way they rarely had before and often have since. As for Notre Dame, they stuck with their green jersey and gold pant combo, the standard alternative at the time, but they added a ton of shine to their helmets, 24-carot gold to be precise.
This iteration also had a large shamrock on the side, which was an attempt to honor Notre Dame’s past and future in college football.