The University of Massachusetts football team will head to South Bend in 2015 to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Matt Vautour, from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, broke the story, citing anonymous sources. FBSchedules.com, which is usually spot on with its reporting on future college football schedules, now has 13 teams on Notre Dame’s 2015 schedule and open dates on: 10/3, 10/24 and 10/31.
FBSchedules adds that the Irish will have to drop or move an opponent to get the schedule back down to 12 games, and it believes a likely candidate will be Temple. If that happens, I’m going to go out and invest in a karma factory.
For UMass, Notre Dame is its second out-of-conference opponent scheduled for 2015. The Minutemen will also play Vanderbilt at home in the last meeting of a four-game series.
The Fighting Irish typically put together a strong schedule, and there is some Notre Dame eye-rolling going on about the UMass game. However, the Irish are no strangers to the MAC or MAC-level teams, and during the past few years have played the likes of: Western Michigan, Army, Hawaii and Tulsa.
2015 will also be the first UMass team made up of mostly Coach Molnar recruits, so it will be interesting to see the status of the program heading into that season.
For those keeping track at home, UMass’ out-of-conference opponents during the next six years include: UConn, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Florida and now Notre Dame.
There are still question marks surrounding a series with Boston College. Is anyone surprised?