A scheduling rarity for Notre Dame in 2023

It has almost become a right of passage this time of year for Notre Dame fans to look at the national college football schedule and find something that irritates them: opponents’ bye weeks.

Why? Because so often it feels like Notre Dame plays a significant number of teams coming off an off week. That will not be the case in 2023 however. None of Notre Dame’s 12 opponents has a week off before taking on the Irish. There are a few nuggets, however.

  • Tennessee State is off the week before heading to Notre Dame but that isn’t a bye seeing as that game is its season opener.

  • Central Michigan hasn’t had its full schedule announced, but it opens on Sept. 2 with Michigan State so it’s virtually impossible for it to have a bye week before taking on Notre Dame on Sept. 16

  • Louisville gets an extra day of rest before hosting Notre Dame on Oct. 7 as the Cardinals play on Friday night at NC State the week before

  • USC gets the same treatment as it hosts Arizona on Friday, Oct. 6 before flying to South Bend for the Saturday, Oct. 14 affair with the Irish.

This feels a bit foreign and has me wondering what we’re all supposed to complain about this time of the year instead.


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