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The complete Notre Dame Fighting Irish schedule for the 2015 college football season.

By SI Wire
August 05, 2015

Notre Dame will begin one of its more highly hyped seasons in recent memory on Sept. 5 against Texas.

The teams last met in 1996, when Notre Dame pulled out a 27–24 win at Texas for its fourth straight win over the Longhorns. The season opener will be the Fighting Irish’s first of three currently-announced primetime games, preceding an Oct. 17 matchup with USC in South Bend, Ind., and a Nov. 21 home game vs. Boston College.

Notre Dame finished 8–5 last season, ending with a Music City Bowl win over LSU. That capped a four-game losing skid, which had eliminated much of the shine of a season-opening, six-game winning streak.

This season, Notre Dame returns 18 starters and will lean on Malik Zaire at quarterback. Zaire went 21-of-35 for 266 yards and one touchdown last season while backing up Everett Golson, who transferred to Florida State in May.

Defensively, Notre Dame is a year more experienced and deeper after ranking 84th in the country with 29.2 points allowed per game, including 31.7 over the last seven.

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Schedule

Sept. 5: vs. Texas (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Sept. 12: at Virginia (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC)

Sept. 19: vs. Georgia Tech (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Sept. 26: vs. UMass (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Oct. 3: at Clemson (TBD)

Oct. 10: vs. Navy (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Oct. 17: vs. USC (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Oct. 31: at Temple (TBD)

Nov. 7: at Pitt (TBD)

Nov. 14: vs. Wake Forest (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

Nov. 21: vs. Boston College* (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Nov. 28: at Stanford (TBD)

*Shamrock Series game at Fenway Park in Boston.

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