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20 April, 2018, 03:25
Alabama and Notre Dame have finalized a home-and-home football series to take place in 2028-29. The schools say they'll open the 2028 season in South Bend and 2029 in Tuscaloosa.
The two schools are synonymous with college football. Despite that loss, Notre Dame still holds the all-time series between the two, 5-2. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta.
Overall, the 2028 game will be only the eighth meeting between two of college football's most storied programs. The Irish will visit the Crimson Tide on September 1, 2029.
Alabama has played at Notre Dame twice. Iconic football programs Alabama and Notre Dame will meet in a pair of season openers, starting in a decade.
Notre Dame knocked off another undefeated, this time second-ranked, Alabama squad 13-11 in the 1975 Orange Bowl in Ara Parseghian's final game as Irish head coach.
"I don't reckon I'll be around for the four-pointer", lamented venerable Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant after the defeat, referring to the next meeting at Legion Field in Birmingham in 1980. Notre Dame has played the Crimson Tide twice in Birmingham, Ala.
The following year No. 7 Notre Dame posted the largest margin of victory in the series with a 37-6 conquest of No. 10 Alabama on November 14, 1987.
The Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide agreed to a home-and-home series and released the dates of the two games on Thursday afternoon.