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Notre Dame explores series with SEC’s Georgia

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly yells his team during second half an NCAA college football game against Temple South

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly yells to his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Temple in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Notre Dame defeated Temple 28-6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Updated: April 8, 2014 3:08PM



Jack Swarbrick rattled off the number of games Notre Dame had scheduled against major conferences when he discussed future football opponents in December.

“During this four‑year window I’m using, 2013 to 2016, we’ll play 15 games against ACC opponents, nine against Big Ten opponents, 10 against PAC‑12 opponents (and) three against Big 12 opponents,” Notre Dame’s athletic director said.

The SEC was absent from the list.

“We have as a scheduling priority beyond this period of time finding a way to work SEC opponents into our schedule,” he said.

That process is underway. A Notre Dame spokesperson confirmed the Irish are exploring a possible series with Georgia. CBSSports.com initially reported the schools are working to finalize a home-and-home series possibly for 2018-2019. The Notre Dame spokesperson said dates are to be determined.

Notre Dame has not played an SEC school in the regular season since defeating Tennessee 41-21 in 2005. Notre Dame has played two SEC teams in the postseason since. The Irish lost to LSU in the Sugar Bowl following the 2006 regular season. Notre Dame fell to Alabama in the BCS national title game following the 2012 regular season.

Full schedules are in place for the Irish through the 2016 season. Swarbrick pointed to the College Football Playoff as one of the components the school keeps in mind when scheduling.

“I think the selection committee is going to wind up with a measure of strength of schedule by conference,” he said. “So you want to be able to give them a marker for you against the conference. We got to create a marker against the SEC.”

The Irish and Bulldogs have played once. Georgia defeated Notre Dame 17-10 in the 1981 Sugar Bowl.

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