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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 06, 2017 8:50 pm

Notre Dame to play Arkansas in 2020, 2025

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame and Arkansas, two of college football's brand names, announced Thursday that they have scheduled their first-ever meeting as part of a two-game, home-and-home series.

The Razorbacks will visit Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020, with the Irish traveling to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Oct. 4, 2025.

“This two-game series will provide our program with another opportunity to play a top-caliber foe from the Southeastern Conference,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement issued by the school. “(Arkansas) coach (Bret) Bielema is a tremendous coach, and his teams have always played a physical style of football."

Arkansas is one of four SEC programs that have never played the Irish.

“Whenever we have an opponent come to Notre Dame Stadium for the first time, there’s another layer of interest in the game," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swabrick said in a statement. "The same is true for our program and fans when we play away from home at a first-time venue. That is especially likely to be true of these games given the quality and tradition of the two programs.”