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Irish to play Northwestern

Notre Dame will revive a football rivalry in 2014.

The Irish will play Northwestern for the first time since 1995 when the Wildcats travel to Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 15, 2014, Northwestern announced Thursday.

Notre Dame will complete the home-and-home series when it travels to Evanston, Ill., to play Northwestern during the 2018 season.

Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips on ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning radio show today by Mike Greenberg, a Northwestern alum, and Mike Golic, a Notre Dame alum.

"This is really an exciting time for Chicago's Big Ten team as we continue to upgrade our future nonconference schedule," Phillips said in a news release "With schools such as Boston College, California, Syracuse and Vanderbilt visiting Ryan Field in future years, combined with the addition of Nebraska to our division in the Big Ten, there's no better time to be a Wildcat football fan.

"We're excited about this series and having Notre Dame make its first visit to Evanston since 1976. Northwestern and Notre Dame represent two of the finest academic institutions in the nation, and it's only fitting that we renew our rivalry on the football field."

Notre Dame and Northwestern have played 47 times, but the Irish and Wildcats squared off four times (1992-95) since 1976. Northwestern won the last game 17-15 Sept. 2, 1995.

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