Notre Dame football vs the Mountain West
The Mountain West has several teams that the Golden Domers have never lost to. However, that’s mostly because the schools haven’t faced off all that often. Interestingly enough, the team geographically farthest away is the team the Irish have played the most in this particular group.
Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors have historically played the Irish very tough. They just haven’t quite been able to get over the hump. In the two teams’ first matchup in 1991, Hawaii fell 48-42. Their second matchup was even closer as the Aloha school lost by a single point, 23-22 in 1997. The Hawaii Bowl in 2008 was the only contest that constitutes a blowout as Notre Dame won 49-21.
Nevada: The Wolfpack has only gone up against the Irish twice in school history, in 2009 and 2016. Not only are they 0-2 in those contests, but they’ve been outscored 74-10.
UNLV: The Irish are officially 3-0 versus FBS teams in the state of Nevada. It just so happens that Notre Dame waited until 2022 to play UNLV but they made the most of the opportunity with a 44-21 win in October of last season.
New Mexico: The desert teams in the Mountain West haven’t had anything resembling success against the Fighting Irish. While New Mexico has only played them once, that was more than enough as they lost 64-14 back in 2019. It’s safe to say that one still stings.
San Diego State: The Aztecs only got one shot at the Midwestern powerhouse in the two schools’ history, but they made the most of it. While San Diego State lost in their game back in 2008, they gave the Power 5 program everything it could handle in the 21-13 contest.