Notre Dame's flexibility in scheduling has allowed them to create many more rivalries than most teams. Their rivalries include longtime annual matchups with USC and Navy, a newer annual game versus Stanford, longtime rivalries Michigan State and Perdue that have been all-but cancelled by the Irish's new ACC scheduling, and smaller rivalries with Boston College, Michigan, Army, and Pittsburgh.
The Trojans are one of Notre Dame's longest standing rivals. Only Perdue can match the 86 meetings between these two. The rivalry is particulary intense as both the Trojans and the Irish serve as annual national championship contenders. One matchup even featured the number-one Irish defeating the number-two Trojans in route to their last championship. The game is played either during Thanksgiving week, when it is in Los Angeles, or on the third Saturday in October, when it is in Southbend. The winner takes home the jeweled shillelagh. Notre Dame leads the series 45-36-5.
The Holy War is a rather new rivalry with their first meeting coming in 1975 and there being only 22 meetings overall. The series would be an annual event from 1992 to 2012 with the exceptions of 2005 and 2006. The series became quite important for both sides as three Notre Dame teams ranked within the top ten had their national championship dreams ended by the Eagles. Notre Dame would get revenge by ruining Boston College's championship dreams in 2007. The teams have met as ranked opponets only twice. The series is set to be renewed in 2015 at Fenway Park in Boston as part of Notre Dame's Shamrock Series. Notre Dame leads 13-9.
The Irish are known for producing some of the best players in all of college football.
Hall of FamersEdit
More College Football Hall of Famers have come out of Notre Dame than any other school with 44 players receiving the honor.
Notre Dame has also produced more concencus All-Americans than any other school with 81 players receiving 97 selections.
Notre Dame has had more Heisman winners than any other school and is tied with Ohio State for the most Heisman Trophies. The winners are listed below.
The Irish is also known for its coaches which include Hall of Famers Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Jesse Harper, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, and Lou Holtz. Current coach Brian Kelly was hired in 2010 and has compiled 45 wins to 20 losses.