Got any Labor Day plans for 2036?
No? How about for 2031?
Notre Dame has some pretty cool football games those nights — assuming football-as-we-know-it is still a thing some two decades from now.
It’s not that outlandish of a question, is it?
It’s one of just many that we have about what the game — and world, for that matter — may look like come 2037, the last year for which the Fighting Irish and the ACC announced scheduled games.
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The five-games-per-year agreement started in 2014 and had been scheduled out through 2025 until Thursday, when the two announced 12 more years of games — 60 contests in total, 30 home and 30 away.
Among the highlights: Five Irish games apiece against Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Miami. One of those Clemson games, at Death Valley in 2031, will serve as the season-opener. The Irish will also open with a Labor Day game in 2036 at Virginia Tech.
Notre Dame already had two other Labor Day night games scheduled for the first run of ACC contests: 2019 at Louisville, 2021 at FSU.
Given that this is a league with (for now) a certain set of teams, there’s nothing too noteworthy as it relates to matchups. One of the more intriguing aspects then, perhaps, is if, like the Labor Day games, any of these other games will be played mid-week. (Lane Stadium on a Thursday, anyone?)
Of course, so much can (and will) change in the next 20 years, be it through realignment, player benefits and, as mentioned, the game of football in general.
Oh, and the makeup of some of these games, too: A majority of the players who will take the field in 2036 and 2037 have not even been born yet.
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