Wake Forest announces date, location for this season's football game against Notre Dame

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame now has an answer for one of its 10 ACC games scheduled for this football season.

According to a Tuesday article on the Wake Forest athletics website, the Irish and Demon Deacons will play on the same date (Sept. 26) and at the same location (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) as previously planned.

There had been uncertainty surrounding that game. The ACC announced last Wednesday that all 15 of its members, including Notre Dame, will play a 10-game conference slate with five games at home and five on the road. Dates had not been announced for any of these contests until Wake Forest attached one to its game against Notre Dame.

Home teams were also expected to hold conference games at their campus. But Wake Forest will not play Notre Dame at its Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, will hold the game dubbed as the Duke’s Mayo Classic.

Notre Dame’s other nine ACC contests will include home games against Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville and Syracuse and road games against Boston College, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

The Irish are eligible to compete for the ACC Championship game slated for either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium. The qualifying teams will be the top-two finishers based on highest conference-game winning percentage. Notre Dame will also be included in the ACC’s bowl selection process.

ACC teams will be permitted one non-conference game. Though, that game must be held within the home state of that ACC school. The ACC will prohibit its members from playing their first game until the week of Sept. 7-12. So Notre Dame playing Navy would require the schools to reschedule (Sept. 5 or 6) and relocate (Annapolis, Md.) from their most recent plan for the game. 

The Irish could choose to keep their non-conference home game against Western Michigan (Sept. 19). But their Sept. 12 home game against Arkansas has been effectively canceled. The SEC announced last Thursday it will move to a 10-game, conference-only schedule starting on Sept. 26.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) picks up yards as Wake Forest’s Ja’Sir Taylor (24) defends in the 56-27 Irish win on Sept. 22, 2018.