Ir­ish to open Sept. 12 vs. Duke

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Notre Dame will open its sea­son as an At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence foot­ball mem­ber against vis­it­ing Duke on Sept. 12 and won’t face Navy for the first time in more than nine decades as part of the ACC’s re­con­fig­ured sched­ule in the wake of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The con­fer­ence re­leased its sched­ule Thurs­day fea­tur­ing the Ir­ish, who are giv­ing up their cov­eted foot­ball in­de­pen­dence and com­pet­ing for the ACC ti­tle this sea­son. The ACC had an­nounced plans last week for a 10-game con­fer­ence slate with one non­con­fer­ence game, plus its cham­pi­onship game.

In ad­di­tion to Duke, Notre Dame will host Western Michi­gan, Florida State, Louisville, Clem­son and Syra­cuse. The Ir­ish will visit Wake For­est, Pittsburgh, Ge­or­gia Tech, Bos­ton Col­lege and North Carolina.

† Penn State line­backer Micah Par­sons,

Pur­due re­ceiver Ron­dale Moore, Mi­ami de­fen­sive end Gregory Rousseau and Auburn line­backer Chan­dler Wooten opted out of play­ing this sea­son be­cause of con­cerns about the coro­n­avirus. Par­sons and Moore were All-Amer­i­cans last sea­son.

Clem­son, Ohio State, Alabama, Ge­or­gia and LSU are the top five teams in the USA To­day coaches’ poll. Notre Dame is 10th.

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