Alabama, Notre Dame to begin series in 2028

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Despite the loss to the Crimson Tide for the 2012 national title, Notre Dame is 5-2 all-time against Alabama.

The two schools last played in January 2013, a 42-12 rout by Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Notre Dame will have first hosting honors, with Alabama set to take on the Irish in South Bend on September 2, 2028.

The Irish and Crimson Tide will play September 2, 2028, at Notre Dame Stadium, and September 1, 2029, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

But two traditional football powers squaring off in each other's home in season-openers in consecutive seasons will be tremendous for the college football landscape. Ara Parseghian's Fighting Irish edged Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide 24-23. The Crimson Tide took both games against the Nittany Lions.

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"This series speaks to Notre Dame's commitment to play against the best that college football has to offer", Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. The Irish won 21-18 in 1976 and 37-6 in 1987.

Two of the winningest programs in college football history will square off starting in the 2028 season. Alabama's only win over Notre Dame came in 1986 (Lou Holtz's first season at Notre Dame) in a 28-10 victory at Legion Field in Birmingham. Their first meeting was in the 1973 Sugar Bowl.

Alabama coach Nick Saban, should he still be on the sideline, would be 76 when the first game against Notre Dame rolls around.

Alabama has not played a home-and-home football series since Penn State in 2010 and 2011.