Notre Dame Fighting Irish football series records

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The following is a list of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football records against their opponents. These statistics are current through the end of the 2016 season. The following list includes all Notre Dame Fighting Irish football opponents and all current NCAA FBS teams. These stats are according to Notre Dame Fighting Irish football school records.

All-Time Record[edit]

All-Time Record: 892–313–42 (.732)
Updated January 1, 2016

As of January 1, 2016 Notre Dame has the highest winning percentage of any team in college football that has played more than 500 games. In late 2013, it retook this record from Michigan[1] after the Wolverines suffered several unsuccessful seasons under coach Rich Rodriguez.[2]

Notre Dame is second in terms of all-time victories trailing only the Michigan Wolverines.[3] Michigan, however, played its first game in 1879 while Notre Dame began playing in 1887.[4]

Record Against Opponents[edit]

Notre Dame frequently plays a national schedule[5] in which it plays teams from coast to coast to serve a national alumni and fan base[6] and a national recruiting base.[7] This scheduling approach began one hundred years ago under Notre Dame athletics director and head coach Jesse Harper[8] and may have been the result of a boycott led by Michigan's Fielding Yost.[9][10]

Notre Dame's first game was on November 23, 1887 against the University of Michigan which it lost 8-0.[11] Since that time Notre Dame has played 1247 games in 126 seasons against 145 different opponents in 36 states.[12][13] Its most common opponents have been rival Navy (89 games) and rival USC (87 games).

Notre Dame has played teams from every current FBS conference except the Sun Belt Conference. Of the power five conferences, Notre Dame has played every team from the Big 10 and the Pac 12. It has not played one team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (Virginia Tech), four teams from the Big 12 (Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech) and four teams from the SEC (Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, and Mississippi State).[14]

As of the 2015[15][16] season, Notre Dame holds a record of 244-127-16 against the Big 10. It has a winning record against every team in the conference except Michigan, Nebraska, and Ohio State. Its most frequent opponents in the Big 10 are Purdue (86 games) and Michigan State (77).[17] Against teams currently in the Pac 12, Notre Dame has a record of 93-53-6. It has a winning record against every team except Oregon State. Its most frequent opponents in the Pac 12 are USC (87 games) and Stanford (30 games). Against the ACC, Notre Dame has a record of 139-59-3. It has a winning record against every team they played in that conference except Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina State, and Louisville. Its most frequent ACC opponents are Pittsburgh (70 games) and Georgia Tech (35 games).[18][19] Against the Big 12, Notre Dame has a record of 29-5-1. It has a winning record against every team they played in the conference. Its most frequent opponents in the Big 12 are Texas (11 games) and Oklahoma (11 games).[20] Against the SEC, Notre Dame has a record of 27-18. It has a winning or tied record with every team they played in that conference except Georgia. Its most frequent opponent in the SEC is LSU (10 games).[21][22]

Since the advent of subdivisions in college football in 1978, Notre Dame has never played teams from a lower subdivision. This is a distinction they share with USC and UCLA.[23][24]

Table[edit]

Opponent Total Games W L T Pct. First Year Last Year Current Conference
Adrian 1 1 0 0 1.000 1912 1912 Division III
Air Force[25] 30 24 6 0 .800 1964 2013 Mountain West
Akron 1 1 0 0 1.000 1910 1910 MAC
Alabama[26] 7 5 2 0 .714 1973 2013 SEC
Albion 5 3 1 1 .700 1893 1898 Division III
Alma 4 4 0 0 1.000 1913 1916 Division III
American Medical (IL)1 4 4 0 0 1.000 1902 1905
Appalachian State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Arizona 3 2 1 0 .667 1941 1982 Pac-12
Arizona State[27] 4 3 1 0 .750 1998 2014 Pac-12
Arkansas 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A SEC
Arkansas State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Army 50 38 8 4 .800 1913 2010 Independent
Auburn 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A SEC
Ball State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Baylor 2 2 0 0 1.000 1925 1998 Big 12
Beloit 6 5 0 1 .917 1896 1926 Division III
Bennett Medical1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1905 1905
Boise State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
Boston College 23 14 9 0 .609 1975 2015 ACC
Bowling Green 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Buffalo 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Butler 3 3 0 0 1.000 1911 1923 FCS: Pioneer Football League
BYU[28] 8 6 2 0 .750 1992 2013 Independent
California 4 4 0 0 1.000 1959 1967 Pac-12
Carlisle1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1914 1914
Carnegie Tech 19 15 4 0 .789 1922 1941 Division III
Case Tech 2 2 0 0 1.000 1916 1918 Division III
Central Michigan 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Charlotte 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Chicago 4 0 4 0 .000 1893 1899 Division III
Chicago Dental1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1897 1897
Chicago Medical1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1901 1901
Chicago P&S1 9 7 2 0 .778 1895 1908
Christian Brothers 1 1 0 0 1.000 1913 1913 Division II
Cincinnati 1 1 0 0 1.000 1900 1900 The American
Clemson[29] 3 1 2 0 .333 1977 2015 ACC
Coe 1 1 0 0 1.000 1927 1927 Division III
Colorado 5 3 2 0 .600 1983 1994 Pac-12
Colorado State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
Connecticut 1 0 1 0 .000 2009 2009 The American
Creighton 1 1 0 0 1.000 1915 1915 Big East
Dartmouth 2 2 0 0 1.000 1944 1945 FCS: Ivy League
De La Salle Institute(NY)1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1893 1893
DePaul2 1 1 0 0 1.000 1907 1907 Big East
DePauw 8 8 0 0 1.000 1897 1922 Division III
Detroit Mercy1 2 2 0 0 1.000 1927 1951
Drake 8 8 0 0 1.000 1926 1937 FCS:Pioneer Football League
Duke 4 3 1 0 .750 1958 2007 ACC
East Carolina 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A The American
Eastern Michigan 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Englewood HS1 2 2 0 0 1.000 1899 1900
FIU 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Florida 1 1 0 0 1.000 1992 1992 SEC
Florida Atlantic 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Florida State[30] 8 2 6 0 .286 1981 2014 ACC
Franklin 3 3 0 0 1.000 1906 1908 Division III
Fresno State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
Georgia 1 0 1 0 .000 1980 1980 SEC
Georgia Southern 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Georgia State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Georgia Tech[31] 35 28 6 1 .814 1922 2015 ACC
Goshen1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1900 1900
Great Lakes NTS1 5 1 2 2 .400 1918 1945
Harvard Prep (IL)1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1888 1888
Haskell 5 5 0 0 1.000 1914 1932 NAIA
Hawaii 3 3 0 0 1.000 1991 2008 Mountain West
Highland Views 1 1 0 0 1.000 1896 1896
Hillsdale 5 4 0 1 .900 1892 1908 Division II
Houston 1 1 0 0 1.000 1979 1979 The American
Idaho 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Illinois 12 11 0 1 .958 1898 1968 Big Ten
Illinois Cycling Club1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1895 1895
Indiana 29 23 5 1 .810 1898 1991 Big Ten
Indianapolis Light Artillery1 1 0 1 0 .000 1895 1895
Iowa[32] 24 13 8 3 .604 1921 1968 Big Ten
Iowa Pre-Flight1 2 2 0 0 1.000 1942 1943
Iowa State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Big 12
Kalamazoo College 7 7 0 0 1.000 1893 1923 Division III
Kansas 6 4 1 1 .750 1904 1999 Big 12
Kansas State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Big 12
Kent State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Kentucky 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A SEC
Kirksville Osteopath (MO)1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1903 1903
Knox 2 1 1 0 .500 1902 1907 Division III
Lake Forest 4 4 0 0 1.000 1899 1903 Division III
Lombard (IL)1 3 3 0 0 1.000 1923 1925
Louisiana Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Louisiana–Lafayette 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Louisiana–Monroe 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Louisville 1 0 1 0 .000 2014 2014 ACC
Loyola (IL) 1 1 0 0 1.000 1911 1911 Missouri Valley Conference
Loyola (LA) 1 1 0 0 1.000 1928 1928 NAIA
LSU[33] 10 6 5 0 .545 1970 2014 SEC
Marquette 6 3 0 3 .750 1908 1921 Big East
Marshall 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Maryland 2 2 0 0 1.000 2002 2011 Big Ten
Massachusetts 1 1 0 0 1.000 2015 2015 MAC
Memphis 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A The American
Miami (FL) 25 17 7 1 .700 1955 2012 ACC
Miami (OH) 1 1 0 0 1.000 1909 1909 MAC
Michigan 42 17 24 1 .402 1887 2014 Big Ten
Michigan State 77 48 28 1 .630 1897 2013 Big Ten
Middle Tennessee State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Minnesota 5 4 0 1 .900 1925 1938 Big Ten
Mississippi State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A SEC
Missouri 4 2 2 0 .500 1970 1984 SEC
Morningside 2 2 0 0 1.000 1917 1919 NAIA
Morris Harvey 1 1 0 0 1.000 1912 1912 Division II
Mount Union 1 1 0 0 1.000 1919 1919 Division III
Navy 89 76 12 1 .860 1927 2015 The American
Nebraska[34] 16 7 8 1 .469 1915 2001 Big Ten
Nevada 1 1 0 0 1.000 2009 2009 Mountain West
New Mexico 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
New Mexico State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
North Carolina[35] 19 17 2 0 .895 1949 2014 ACC
North Carolina State 1 0 1 0 .000 2003 2003 ACC
North Division HS1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1905 1905
North Texas 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Northern Illinois 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Northwestern 48 37 9 2 .792 1889 2014 Big Ten
Northwestern Law School1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1895 1895
Ohio 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Ohio Medical1 4 4 0 0 1.000 1901 1904
Ohio Northern 4 4 0 0 1.000 1908 1913 Division III
Ohio State[36] 6 2 4 0 .333 1935 2016 Big Ten
Oklahoma[37] 11 9 2 0 .818 1952 2013 Big 12
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Big 12
Old Dominion 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Ole Miss 2 1 1 0 .500 1977 1985 SEC
Olivet 3 3 0 0 1.000 1907 1910 Division III
Oregon 2 1 0 1 .750 1976 1982 Pac-12
Oregon State 2 0 2 0 .000 2001 2004 Pac-12
Pacific 1 1 0 0 1.000 1940 1940 West Coast Conference
Penn 6 5 0 1 .917 1930 1955 FCS: Ivy League
Penn State[38] 19 9 9 1 .500 1913 2007 Big Ten
Pittsburgh[39] 70 48 21 1 .693 1909 2015 ACC
Princeton 2 2 0 0 1.000 1923 1924 FCS: Ivy League
Purdue 86 58 26 2 .686 1896 2014 Big Ten
Rice 5 5 0 0 1.000 1915 2014 C-USA
Rose Poly 3 3 0 0 1.000 1909 1914 Division III
Rush Medical1 4 3 0 1 .875 1894 1900
Rutgers 5 5 0 0 1.000 1921 2013 Big Ten
Saint Bonaventure 1 1 0 0 1.000 1911 1911 Atlantic 10 Conference
Saint Louis 3 3 0 0 1.000 1912 1923 Atlantic 10 Conference
Saint Viator1 4 4 0 0 1.000 1897 1912
San Diego State 1 1 0 0 1.000 2008 2008 Mountain West
San Jose State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
SMU 13 10 3 0 .769 1930 1989 The American
South Bend AC1 2 1 0 1 .750 1901 1901
South Bend Commercial AC1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1896 1896
South Bend Howard Park Club1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1900 1900
South Bend HS1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1892 1892
South Alabama 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
South Carolina 4 3 1 0 .750 1976 1984 SEC
South Dakota 5 5 0 0 1.000 1913 1917 FCS: Missouri Valley Football
South Florida 1 0 1 0 .000 2011 2011 The American
Southern Miss 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Stanford 30 19 11 0 .633 1924 2015 Pac-12
Syracuse[40] 7 4 3 0 .571 1914 2014 ACC
TCU 1 1 0 0 1.000 1972 1972 Big 12
Temple 2 2 0 0 1.000 2013 2015 The American
Tennessee 8 4 4 0 .500 1978 2005 SEC
Texas[41] 10 9 2 0 .818 1913 2015 Big 12
Texas A&M 5 3 2 0 .600 1988 2001 SEC
Texas State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Texas Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Big 12
Toledo 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A MAC
Toledo AA1 1 1 0 0 1.000 1904 1904
Troy 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Sun Belt
Tulane 8 8 0 0 1.000 1944 1971 The American
Tulsa 1 0 1 0 .000 2010 2010 The American
UAB 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
UCF 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A The American
UCLA 4 4 0 0 1.000 1963 2007 Pac-12
UNLV 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
USC 87 46 36 5 .557 1926 2015 Pac-12
Utah 1 1 0 0 1.000 2010 2010 Pac-12
Utah State 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
UTEP 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
UTSA 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Valparaiso 1 1 0 0 1.000 1920 1920 FCS: Pioneer Football League
Vanderbilt 2 2 0 0 1.000 1995 1996 SEC
Virginia 2 2 0 0 1.000 1989 2015 ACC
Virginia Tech 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A ACC
Wabash[42] 11 10 1 0 .909 1894 1924 Division III
Wake Forest 3 3 0 0 1.000 2011 2015 ACC
Washington 8 8 0 0 1.000 1948 2009 Pac-12
Washington (MO) 1 1 0 0 1.000 1936 1936 Division III
Washington & Jefferson 1 1 0 0 1.000 1917 1917 Division III
Washington State 2 2 0 0 1.000 2003 2009 Pac-12
West Virginia 4 4 0 0 1.000 1989 2001 Big 12
Western Kentucky 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A C-USA
Western Michigan 3 3 0 0 1.000 1919 2010 MAC
Western Reserve 1 1 0 0 1.000 1916 1916 Division III
Wisconsin 16 8 6 2 .563 1900 1964 Big Ten
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A Mountain West
Yale 1 0 1 0 .000 1914 1914 FCS: Ivy League
145 Opponents 1247 892 313 42 .732 1887 2016 126 Seasons

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dagger Indicates Division I conferences and/or teams that do not sponsor football.

  1. These opponents do not have a current conference due to not being affiliated with the NCAA, such as exhibition games against non-collegiate athletic clubs.
  2. DePaul University was called Saint Vincent's College when Notre Dame played them.

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