Notre Dame Fighting Irish Should Join ACC for Football

By Andy Schmidt
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been a team that others may shy away from; Now it has been announced which ACC opponents Notre Dame will play in 2014. They will begin playing five games each season against teams from the ACC as part of the school’s move to the conference in all sports but football. The most interesting game on that schedule for 2014 has to be the Fighting Irish traveling south to face the Florida State Seminoles.

The two teams have a history against each other that is highlighted by a 1993 meeting where Notre Dame ended Florida State’s perfect season in a battle of the top two teams in the country. I like this partnership between Notre Dame and the ACC though, and I would really hope that the football program would just join the ACC too. There is no reason with the landscape of college football these days to remain an independent in my opinion. The competition is there in the ACC to make a run at a national championship every season.

Notre Dame should really embrace that potential and just come in full-time. The schools in the ACC have to be happy that they will host the Fighting Irish at least once every six years. The draw of Notre Dame has always been strong and there have been wars between conferences to get them into theirs. It doesn’t look like that will happen unfortunately.

There will be a point where Notre Dame is forced to make a decision on this. They might as well just make it now before the next huge shift in conferences occurs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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