Notre Dame football vs the Big 10, SEC, and ACC
It probably shouldn’t be all that much of a surprise that there aren’t all that many other Power 5 programs that the Fighting Irish have been able to dominate. There are a couple of big names sprinkled in there for good measure, but it’s also not a shock that most of the P5 programs they’re undefeated against aren’t great.
Florida: The Gators went head-to-head against the Irish exactly one time. They join Iowa State in being a program that only met the independent squad in a bowl game. Florida hasn’t seen this particular opponent since the 1992 Sugar Bowl they lost 39-28.
Vanderbilt: Considering how bad the Commodores have been for so long, it might be a bit surprising that they gave Notre Dame a run for its money two of the three times they played them. The first game wasn’t great since it was a 41-0 drubbing in 1995 but in 1996 they lost just 14-7 and then came close to winning again in a 2018 22-17 defeat.
Maryland: Fear the Turtle isn’t a phrase that has much purchase in South Bend considering the Terps lost 22-0 in 2008 and then 45-21 in 2011.
Rutgers: Not only are the Scarlet Knights 0-5 against Notre Dame, but they didn’t score a single point in three of those matchups. The Irish have won their five contests by an average score of 45.2 to 6.6 and that includes a 2013 Pinstripe Bowl game.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish struck up a bit of a yearly rivalry in the 2010s, even if Wake emerged from that rivalry 0-5. Of course, the sting of those losses probably pales in comparison to the loss of Deacons starting quarterback Sam Hartman to Notre Dame football this past offseason.
Virginia: The ACC school is another of those schools that might be winless against Notre Dame football, but they’ve come close to getting themselves off this list. A 36-13 1989 blowout and a 28-3 2021 shellacking are sandwiched around a 2015 34-27 nailbiter and a competitive 2019 35-20 tilt.