As storied as Notre Dame football is as a brand, there are still a handful of stories with other FBS programs that have yet to be written.
Despite the Fighting Irish’s Independent conference status in football, Notre Dame has yet to go toe to toe with much of not only the Group of Five’s pool of schools but also some of the most recognized universities in the country.
As superconferences form and the sport continues to shift to a top-heavy product aimed at generating revenue over honoring traditions, there’s no timetable as to when, or if, some of these teams will ever get to play the team most deserving of the “America’s Team” label. Here are some of the schools that have eluded a date with Notre Dame on their schedule:
Notre Dame football vs AAC
With the AAC reforming, there’s a good number of schools from the new “American” that Notre Dame hasn’t faced:
UAB, Charlotte, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Memphis, North Texas, and UTSA.
That’s half the conference for those keeping score at home.
With Notre Dame’s nonconference schedule mostly inclusive of the MAC due to the geographic proximity, it’s unlikely that a good number of these schools will get onto the Fighting Irish’s schedule anytime soon.
With a 12-team playoff, the prospect of a UTSA being an early-round opponent is seemingly within the realm of possibility, but much of the “American” and “America’s Team” are not counterparts expected to share the gridiron with Notre Dame in the foreseeable future.