Irish, Aggies to play home-and-home

Notre Dame and Texas A&M will play a home-and-home series in 2024 and 2025, the schools announced Thursday, the latest schedule boost to two programs that have plotted out quality opponents aggressively in light of the College Football Playoff.

The Fighting Irish and the Aggies will meet Aug. 31, 2024, in College Station, Texas, before facing off Sept. 27, 2025, in South Bend, Indiana. They have not faced each other in the regular season since a two-game series in 2000 and 2001.

"These two contests between Notre Dame and Texas A&M figure to be excellent intersectional attractions," Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement. "We had set a goal of adding representation from the Southeastern Conference to our future schedules, and we've accomplished that with the addition of this series, as well as the one with Georgia."

The announcement comes three weeks to the day that Notre Dame announced it would play a home-and-home series with Ohio State in 2022 and 2023, and three months to the day that the Irish announced they would play Georgia in a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2019.

The dates with the Bulldogs will mark Notre Dame's first regular-season games against an SEC opponent since it beat Tennessee at home in 2005, which was the second of a home-and-home series with the Volunteers. The Irish also have future home-and-home dates lined up with Texas (2015-16) and Michigan State (2016-17).

The Aggies have a future home-and-home scheduled with UCLA (2016-17) and will play Arizona State in the 2015 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston.

"When you think of tradition-rich football programs, Texas A&M and Notre Dame are at the top of the list," A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said in a statement. "We are delighted to have them back on the schedule again for the first time since 2001."

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 3-2, with the first three of those meetings coming in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl. The No. 8 Irish play Syracuse on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The sixth-ranked Aggies host Arkansas Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.