Notre Dame Football: 5 Opponents I Would Like to See on the Fighting Irish's Schedule

Five Opponents I'd Like to See on Notre Dame's Schedule

7/8/14 in NCAAF   |   JonWitte   |   11 respect

Creating a college football schedule is intricate. There are many different factors that play a role such as conference obligations, tradition, money, etc. Because of these factors, there are a lot of matchups that will probably just never happen but it’s fun to fantasize. Blog Photo - Notre Dame Football: 5 Opponents I Would Like to See on the Fighting Irish's Schedule

Here are five opponents I would like to see Notre Dame face in the near future:

1. Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State has consistently been one of the best teams in America for more than the past decade. Geographically there is only about three and a half hours between the schools and they compete for a lot of the same recruits. Although they have rarely met, these two fan bases seem to really hate each other, most likely for claims of supremacy. To add an additional twist, OSU head coach Urban Meyer is a former Notre Dame assistant coach.

2. Cincinnati Bearcats

I like games with subplots and this one is huge. As head coach at UC, Brian Kelly took the Bearcats to unprecedented heights, including an undefeated regular season in 2009. He then bolted to take over for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame and Bearcat fans were irate. This matchup could possibly become an instant rivalry.

3. Iowa Hawkeyes

Throughout the years, Notre Dame has developed a history with a lot of the major programs but have only played Iowa a handful of times. Iowa has been a solid Big Ten winner for a long time and traditionally play tough defense with a commitment to the running game, much like the style Kelly has developed at ND. Furthermore, Iowa is one of only a few teams that holds a winning record in Notre Dame Stadium.

4. Washington Huskies

Notre Dame has played the Huskies as recently as 2009 but with Chris Petersen at the helm, I think Washington is going to be a dangerous and fun team in the near future. Petersen has amazing success at Boise State, largely with recruits that didn’t have many other offers. He proved he could use innovation and hard work to take down even the stiffest competition. I am excited to see what he does at a national program where he can attract top tier talent.

5. Florida Gators

Urban Meyer turned the Gators into one of the hottest and most successful teams in the country during the latter half of the 2000s. They have since regressed a bit under Will Muschamp, but still carry a ton of swagger and still have some of the best talent in the country.  Notre Dame competes with UF for a lot of recruits from the Sunshine State and on a very side note, Charlie Weis spent a season in Gainesville as offensive coordinator a few years ago. 
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