The Eight Opponents Notre Dame Has Never Beaten

We’ve unfortunately had to add another to this list.

Notre Dame has been playing football since 1887 and now ranks in the top five all-time in victories with only Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas having more than the 918 Notre Dame has.

In all of those wins though, there are a little more than a handful of teams that the Fighting Irish have played but never walked away with a win against.

There are eight and before you scroll down, if you can name all eight (courtesy of Sports-Reference.com) your knowledge in the world of Notre Dame trivia is second to none.

 

The Eight Opponents Notre Dame Has Never Beaten

We’ve unfortunately had to add another to this list.

Notre Dame has been playing football since 1887 and now ranks in the top five all-time in victories with only Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas having more than the 918 Notre Dame has.

In all of those wins though, there are a little more than a handful of teams that the Fighting Irish have played but never walked away with a win against.

There are seven and before you scroll down, if you can name all eight (courtesy of Sports-Reference.com) you’re knowledge in the world of Notre Dame trivia is second to none.

 

Notre Dame all-time vs. each Big Ten football team

Which Big Ten team do you wish Notre Dame played annually and why?

Notre Dame tried for years to join the Big Ten but was not allowed.  Now many want Notre Dame to join a conference full-time but the school remains independent in football and with the good lord willing, they’ll continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The member schools of the Big Ten have changed over the years but the conference called the Big Ten now has 14 members, and those 14 members have been playing football against the Irish for quite some time.

Notre Dame already hosted and defeated Purdue and Wisconsin in 2021 in their only games against Big Ten foes.  Notre Dame opens the 2022 season at Ohio State in their only contest against a Big Ten foe next season.

How has Notre Dame fared against each current Big Ten football team all-time?

Let’s take a peak.

Ranking Notre Dame’s recent alternate uniforms

Which Notre Dame alternate uniforms have been your favorite?

Let’s face it – when it comes to college football uniforms Notre Dame’s are one of the most iconic as they’ve stayed very similar for the past roughly 40 years.

In the last decade-and-a-half however, the Irish have gotten with the times in college football and trotted out various different alternate uniforms, usually for their Shamrock Series games in years they’re played.

Most recently, Under Armour showed off special Notre Dame uniforms for their win at Soldier Field over Wisconsin this past September.  How did those fare in my rankings compared to the others we’ve seen in the last couple decades?

Here is how I rank Notre Dame’s alternate uniforms they’ve worn in-game since 2005:

Notre Dame football all-time vs. service acadamies

Do you think Notre Dame should still play Navy every year?

Notre Dame football has a long history with the United States service academies as some of the biggest games in the early days of the game were between Knute Rockne’s Fighting Irish and the Army.

Notre Dame has also played Navy each year since 1927 before the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to that run in 2020.

The Irish have also taken on Air Force more than a handful of times with some thrillers coming against the Falcons over the years.

So how has Notre Dame fared all-time against the service academies?

Notre Dame all-time results versus:

ACC

Big Ten

Big 12

Pac-12

SEC

Notre Dame-Ohio State all-time series history

Would you like to see Notre Dame and Ohio State played more regularly?

According to Google Maps it’s a 270.8 mile drive from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend to Ohio Stadium in Columbus.  A drive that takes four hours and 19 minutes which isn’t just down the street but is nothing when it comes to a road trip for a college football team or its fans.

Especially when you consider those two college football squads are among the most historic in the game and have two of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports, not just college football.

But throughout time Notre Dame and Ohio State have met on the football field just six times ever.  Of those six games, two have been played at Notre Dame Stadium, two have been played at Ohio Stadium, and the other two have taken place in the Fiesta Bowl.

Unless you live under a rock then you’re aware Notre Dame opens the 2022 season at Ohio State before the Buckeyes make the return trip to South Bend late next September.

Before this underplayed series resumes on Labor Day weekend, here is a look back at the brief history Notre Dame and Ohio State have shared on the football field.

Notre Dame-USC rivalry through the years

What is your favorite moment ever from the Notre Dame-USC rivalry? @trojanswire

On paper there might not be a better rivalry in college football than how Notre Dame and USC are supposed to be.

Notre Dame is located in the midwest, home to brutal winters, and a lifestyle that could be described as just about anything other than glamorous.

USC on the other hand is about as extravagant as college football living gets in the city of Los Angeles, even if they’re no longer the only football show in town after the NFL made its return there (sorry UCLA).

The two have met for nearly the entire last century with epic battles, 14 Heisman Trophy winners, over 20 national championships, countless legends and Hall of Famers, and history as deep as the New York City phone book.

It’s been since the late seventies though that this rivalry has featured both teams competing for national championships on a regular basis.  Perhaps with new coaching hires at both this off-season, that narrative will soon change.

It’s often described as “the best intersectional rivalry in college football” but if both could get their business in order simultaneously like was the case in the seventies, it’d be the best rivalry in college football.

End sentence.

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Notre Dame-USC: fun facts about epic rivalry

In the meantime, take a look back at some of the best photos of one of college football’s greatest rivalries through the years.

Notre Dame quarterbacks through the years

In the long history of Notre Dame football its difficult to come up with a favorite all-time quarterback.  Sure, the likes of [autotag]Paul Hornung[/autotag], [autotag]Joe Montana[/autotag], [autotag]Joe Theismann[/autotag], and [autotag]Brady Quinn[/autotag] all achieved great things in blue and gold but so many others reached great heights as well.

Then there were others that didn’t go on to get drafted into the NFL but led successful Notre Dame squads in their own right like [autotag]Kevin McDougal[/autotag], [autotag]Tony Rice[/autotag], and [autotag]Everett Golson[/autotag].

Who is your favorite quarterback in the history of Notre Dame football?

Who do you think was the best?

And who is your favorite one-hit-wonder?

Take a look back at just some of the Notre Dame starting quarterbacks over the last 70 years below.

College Football News ranks all-time programs

Which college football program really is the GOAT?

What college football program is the greatest of all-time?

Plenty of Notre Dame fans that visited Fighting Irish Wire assuredly just said “Notre Dame” to themselves while anyone reading from the south probably uttered a “Bama” or “Roll Tide”.

Pete Fiutak of College Football News recently went through all of the Associated Press polls of all-time (dating back to the 1930s) and used them as a guide to rank the top college football programs ever.

Neither Notre Dame or Alabama wound up ranked atop the list.  Nor did Ohio State or Michigan.  So who did?

Fiutak compiled the ratings for the best programs all-time by a very simple formula.  He took all of the AP final rankings and used a simple scoring system – the AP national champion in each season gets 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom.

Here is how the top 10 ended up:

Notre Dame great among 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

Will this be the year for a Notre Dame and 49ers legend?

Bryant Young was a force on the 1993 Notre Dame team that nearly won a national championship and carried on immediately in the NFL as he was a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers when they won their last Super Bowl in January of 1995.

Young finished his NFL career with 89.5 career sacks, the second most in 49ers history.  He was also voted to four Pro Bowls and was named the 1999 NFL Comeback Player of the Year after suffering a nasty knee injury the year before.

Now Young is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second time.  Joining him on the list of finalists is another 49ers legend in linebacker Patrick Willis.

The official modern-era 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be revealed on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Notre Dame currently has 13 former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame which ties it with USC for the most ever by one college.