On Tuesday, the ACC announced future dates of Notre Dame's games with ACC members. The Fighting Irish, of course, aren't officially an ACC football team. But due to the expanded partnership between the two sides, the Irish will play five ACC teams a year.
When it comes to Pitt, Notre Dame will play the Panthers in 2015, 2018, 2020, 2023, and 2025. Home dates for Pitt will be in 2015, 2020, and 2025.
As we wrote before, Pitt lost out on two games against Notre Dame in 2014 and 2016 when the agreement with the rest of the conference went down. Beyond that, though, Pitt also loses out on the chance to continue to play the Irish during those future years. The Panthers had done a pretty good job of getting Notre Dame on the schedule on a regular basis and while they don't lose them completely, five times in 11 years isn't ideal.
The Irish accepting a deeper affiliation with the ACC was great for the conference. For Pitt, however, getting only two home dates with the Irish after next season until 2025 is hardly a great situation. Outside of a two-year break in 2006 and 2007, Pitt faced Notre Dame every year from 2001 - 2013. With the rest of the ACC getting in on the action, the Panthers will see the Irish far less over the next decade.
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