Navy, Notre Dame extend series

The Navy-Notre Dame series -- which recently has become more competitive than the Irish would like -- is set to continue through 2026.

The two schools say they have the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football, and 2026 will mark the 100th year for the series.

“Notre Dame and Navy have long defined what an in intersectional football rivalry is all about,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. “Our two institutions have a longstanding relationship, both on and off the football field, that goes back decades. When we’ve looked at future football schedules for Notre Dame, Navy has always been one of the opponents immediately penciled in -- and this ensures that will be the case for yet another 10 years to come.”

The game will be played in South Bend every other year, while on even years the game will be played as Navy's home game but will move around to different venues. The two teams played at New Meadowlands Stadium last year, and they will meet in Dublin, Ireland, in 2012.

Navy blew out the Irish 35-17 last year for its third victory over Notre Dame in the past four seasons. Before that, the Midshipmen had suffered a 43-game losing streak to the Golden Domers, which was an NCAA record for futility in a series.