There are a lot of people out there that hate the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program, much like people hate the New York Yankees in baseball. But one thing that you can’t knock about the independent program is there ability to get a tough regular season schedule created for themselves.
Most recently, the possibility of a future match up with the Georgia Bulldogs was brought up, placing a team from the mighty SEC on that schedule.
But as Kelly pointed out on a Fox Sports podcast with Bruce Feldman, having a team from the SEC on the slate is actually something that the program wants.
“No I don’t think that that’s something that’s too hard. I think one of our wishes, Jack (Swarbrick, Notre Dame AD) and I, is that we want to get an SEC team on our schedule,” Kelly said. “The discussions have been to include an SEC opponent, and we want one that we feel makes sense, that has a very good geographical draw for us in the SEC.”
Of course, as we saw with the hype leading up to the Alabama-Notre Dame BCS National Championship Game two seasons ago, a match up between the Irish and any of the top-tier SEC programs would be an instant money drawer.