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Notre Dame was eliminated in week 12 after a 45-31 victory over Boston College on Saturday, November 14. Quarterback Ian Book led the attack with 283 passing yards and three down-passes, all to wide receiver Ben Skowronek. Book also led all rushers with 85 yards and a score to the ground as the Fighting Irish rolled to their 12th straight win against ACC opponents.

The Fighting Irish return to the action with a road race in North Carolina on Friday, November 27.

A year ago, Notre Damewent5-0 against the conference it will call home this season. If they can replicate that success on a larger scale, the Fighting Irish can return to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.

Here’s the full 2020 Notre Dame football schedule, including opponents, results and players to watch.

2020 Notre Dame Football Schedule: Dates, Times, Opponents, Results

Here’s the full, detailed schedule for Notre Dame’s 2020 football season, with broadcast information and results.

Notre Dame football schedule 2020
OpponentDateTime (ET)TVPlaceRESULT
DukeSaturday, September 122.30 pmNBCNotre Dame, INW, 27-13
South FloridaSaturday, September 192.30 pmUSANotre Dame, INW, 52-0
Florida stateSaturday October 107.30 pmNBCNotre Dame, INW, 42-26
LouisvilleSaturday, October 172.30 pmNBCNotre Dame, INW, 12-7
at PittsburghSaturday, October 243.30 pmABCPittsburgh, PAW, 45-3
at Georgia TechSaturday, October 313.30 pmABCAtlanta, GAW, 31-13
ClemsonSaturday, November 77.30 pmNBCNotre Dame, INW, 47-40
at Boston CollegeSaturday, November 143.30 pmABCChestnut Hill, MAW, 45-31
in North CarolinaFriday, November 273.30 pmABCChapel Hill, NCTo be determined
SyracuseSaturday December 5th3.30 pmNBCNotre Dame, INTo be determined
at Wake ForestSaturday December 12To be determinedTo be determinedWinston-Salem, NCTo be determined

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all games, dates and times are subject to change.

Results 2019

The Fighting Irish went 11-2 last year, culminating in a six-game winning streak to end the season. Notre Dame defeated Iowa State 33-9 in the Camping World Bowl.

Here’s what happened in every game of Notre Dame’s 2019 schedule:

OPPONENTDATETIME (ET)PLACERESULTSCORE
LouisvilleMonday 2 Sept.8:00 pmLouisville, KYW.35-17
New MexicoSaturday, September 142.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.66-14
GeorgiaSaturday, September 218:00 pmAthens, GAL.23-17
VirginiaSaturday, September 283.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.35-20
Bowling GreenSaturday, October 53.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.52-0
USCSaturday, October 127.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.30-27
MichiganSaturday, October 267.30 pmAnn Arbor, MIL.45-14
Virginia TechSaturday, November 22.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.21-20
DukeSaturday, November 97.30 pmDurham, NCW.38-7
MarineSaturday, November 162.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.52-20
Boston CollegeSaturday, November 232.30 pmNotre Dame, INW.40-7
StanfordSaturday, November 3016.00 hoursStanford, CA.W.45-24
Iowa State
(Camping World Bowl)
Saturday, December 2812 o’clockOrlando, FLW.33-9

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Top returning players

Quarterback Ian Bookbroke out in 2019 as the full-time starter at Notre Dame. He helped the Fighting Irish reach the College Football Playoff two years ago with a team driven by defense. With the spotlight on Book, he threw for 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns to six interceptions. Last year’s jumpBook to the current season could determine how far Notre Dame goes. For what it’s worth, he’s 11-1 against ACC teams with the only loss to Clemson in a 2019 CFP semifinal.

Perhaps the biggest adjustment to Book in 2020 will be to set a top target. The Fighting Irish lost its top three recipients as a year ago Chase Claypool and Cole Kmet were NFL Draft picks and Chris Finke graduated. Junior tight endingTommy tremblecould be the next breakthrough pass-catcher in South Bend. Kmet caught just 15 passes two years before bringing in 43 for 515 yards and six touchdowns. Tremble had 14 catches and four touchdowns last year. Don’t be too surprised if Tremble takes a similar step forward.

You can’t talk about Notre Dame football without talking about defense. The Fighting Irish allowed the third fewest passing yards per game last season. If they continue to dominate the opposing quarterbacks, look to sophomore safety Kyle Hamiltonto lead the charge. Hamilton led the Irish with four interceptions as a freshman, bringing one back for a touchdown. He also made 41 tackles and broke out six extra passes.

Pre-season ranking

We have Notre Dame ranked number 11 in our Preseason Top 25. Here’s the breakdown:

11. Notre Dame

After an outburst loss to Michigan, the Irish quietly won and went 11-2 for a season after making the College Football Playoff. With the return of QB Ian Book, Notre Dame should be powerful on offense. And the defense has to be strong, although the secondary is the biggest question mark there. But there’s a new twist this year: Notre Dame is eligible for the ACC 2020 title game.

LAST RANKINGS: AP Top 25

2020-21College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff era is entering its seventh season in the 2020-21 season. LSU won the national championship at its inaugural performance. Notre Dame has been selected once 2019 through the first six years of the GVB. Could the Fighting Irish’s 2020 tie-in with the ACC help them become one of the top four teams?

These are the dates and sites for the 2020 College Football Playoff Semifinals and the CFP National Championship.

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When are the College Football Playoff Semifinals?

The semifinals of the CFP are scheduled for January 1, 2021. A semifinal is the Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The other semi-final is the Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

When is the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship?

The CFP National Championship is a little later in 2021. The two winners of the semifinals will meet on the second Monday of January at Miamion on January 11, 2020 at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Below is a full history of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

YEAR (OF THE GAME)GAME
2015No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20
2016No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40
2017No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31
2018No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23
2019No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16
2020No. 1 LSU 42, No. 3 Clemson 25

2021-2024 CFP national championships locations and dates

2021: Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida) – January 11
2022: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana) – Jan. 10
2023: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium in Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California) – January 9
2024: Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas) – January 8

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