Georgia and Notre Dame ink home-and-home

Two teams will play in 2017 and 2019. Jason Butt

Print This June 25, 2014, 04:49 PM EST

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The only time Georgia and Notre Dame have met on the college football gridiron was in the 1981 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Bulldogs won that game 17-10 en route to a national championship.

The two historic programs look to triple that number by the end of this decade. On Wednesday, both athletic departments announced that Georgia and Notre Dame have signed a home-and-home with each other.

The games are fairly far away, however. The Bulldogs will travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on the Irish on Sept. 9, 2017, with Notre Dame trekking down to Athens, Ga. on Sept. 21, 2019.

“Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us,” said Georgia head coach Mark Richt in a release. “I have a lot of respect for the job Coach [Brian] Kelly is doing there and I'm sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete.”

Said Kelly in a statement released by Notre Dame: "These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition. Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally."

This is great for the sport of college football, given plenty teams like to load their non-conference opponents up with cupcakes. But with the new playoff format on the horizon, and strength of schedule factoring into the committee's decision-making process, hopefully more of these kind of matchups will happen.

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