Notre Dame football didn’t just get a win that put their season back on track. It turns out the school set a rather impressive record.
One of the most interesting things about Notre Dame football not being associated with any conference is that there are plenty of conferences out there that they’ve dominated over the years.
Having said that, there are few conferences that the Fighting Irish have faced off against recently that they’ve dominated more than the ACC. Even if they aren’t always blowing out opponents, like this past weekend against Duke, there’s no way to claim Notre Dame football hasn’t been dominant.
In fact, the Irish have been dominant to the tune of 30 straight regular season wins against ACC teams. That number breaks the college football record previously held by Florida State.
The Seminoles went through a streak where they won 29 straight contests against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Of course, Florida State was actually in the ACC when they put that streak together.
The Fighting Irish already have two wins against ACC teams this year. There’s the come-from-behind win against the Bluedevils and the 45-24 win against North Carolina State.
Last year, they had relatively close games against Syracuse (41-24) and North Carolina (45-32) but their last two games against the ACC were blowouts. The Irish crushed Clemson 35-14 and then blew out Boston College 44-0.
Notre Dame football continues ACC dominance
All told, the Fighting Irish haven’t lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the regular season since 2017. In November of that year, they were demolished by then-7th-ranked Miami, 41-8.
Even that loss was a bit of a shock, considering the Irish had won seven straight games going into that contest.
While Notre Dame football isn’t technically a part of the ACC, Notre Dame basketball is. While the program remains independent in football for good reason, they have been taking on ACC squads more often the last few years.
This season, the Irish have four more games against that conference, including this week’s contest against 25-ranked Louisville. Then they’ll play USC before three straight games against the conference in Pitt, Clemson and Wake Forest.
Oddly enough, the Notre Dame football team will finish the season against a Stanford squad that is joining the ACC next season.