USC-Notre Dame Football Series Extended|
June 26, 2013
USC and Notre Dame have agreed to extend their classic intersectional football series through the 2023 season.
The Trojans also have arranged a 3-game series with BYU beginning late this decade, and have added home games against Idaho and Arkansas State in 2015 and New Mexico in 2016. These augment such non-conference games already on USC's future schedule as Texas, Fresno State and Boston College.
Beginning this 2013 season, USC will have 7 home games in all but 3 of the next 11 years. There will be 6 homes games in 2014, 2018 and 2019. Additional non-conference home games in 2016 through 2023 are in the process of being scheduled.
USC will continue to host the Fighting Irish on Thanksgiving weekend in even-numbered years and play at South Bend in mid-October in odd-numbered years through 2023. The series began in 1926 and has featured some of the most memorable contests in college football history.
Troy will play at BYU on Sept. 14, 2019, then host the Cougars on the Thanksgiving weekends of 2021 (Nov. 27) and 2023 (Nov. 25). The teams have met only twice before, Trojan victories in 2003 at home and 2004 on the road en route to national championships.
In 2015, USC opens its season by hosting Arkansas State (the first meeting between the schools) on Sept. 5 and Idaho on Sept. 12. Troy beat Idaho at home in 2007, the first meeting between the teams since 1929.
The Trojans host New Mexico in their 2016 season opener on Sept. 3. It will be the first time the schools have played.
USC previously announced upcoming non-conference games against Texas (Sept. 16, 2017 at home and Sept. 15, 2018 in Austin) and Fresno State (Aug. 30, 2014 at home).
The Trojans also will play at Boston College on Sept. 13, 2014, after hosting the Eagles this season on Sept. 14. USC's other non-conference games this season are Hawaii on the road to open the season (Aug. 29), home against Utah State (Sept. 21) and at Notre Dame (Oct. 19).
"Not only are we pleased to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and mid-October in South Bend," said USC athletic director Pat Haden. "Adding the series with BYU, which is a great matchup for the fans of both teams and for all college football fans, helped us in that regard.
"The new Pac-12 scheduling format, which precludes scheduling a game the first weekend of December because of the Pac-12 Championship Game, has presented issues as we move forward with our football scheduling. We want to have as many home games as possible each year for our fans and we also want to have a bye week every season, so some of our non-conference scheduling options now are more limited. But, as we continue to fill out our future schedules, we believe we will have a challenging mix of non-conference opponents in the upcoming years."