Notre Dame Fighting Irish football rivalries refers to rivalries of the University of Notre Dame in the sport of college football. Notre Dame rivalries encompass many teams. Because the Fighting Irish are independent of a football conference, they play a more national schedule, and have thus developed rivalries with many different schools. Because of Notre Dame's independent scheduling, some teams may have at one time been considered rivals to Notre Dame, some rivialry games are not scheduled on an annual basis and have thus diminished over time when the two schools have taken a long hiatus from scheduling each other.
Notre Dame has long running historic rivalries with University of Southern California, Navy, Purdue, and Michigan State University and an intermittent historic rivalry with the University of Michigan. With the recent commitment by Notre Dame to join the ACC full time in all sports except football and play a minimum of five games per year in football, the future of many of these rivalries are uncertain. Notre Dame's stated scheduling priorities are USC, Stanford, Navy and the five game alliance with the ACC.
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