Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (center) waits to lead the Fighting Irish onto the field to play the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. PITT won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame and Georgia schedule home-and-home series beginning in 2017

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The Georgia Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish have finalized a home-and-home series that will begin in 2017, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Georgia will play at Notre Dame on Sept. 9, 2017 and Notre Dame goes to Georgia on Sept. 21, 2019.

“This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience.”

Kelly really wanted this for Notre Dame to boost recruiting efforts in the talent-rich southeast and made comments in mid-May suggesting that an SEC opponent was a priority moving forward for the Irish.

“When [athletic director Jack Swarbrick] and I sit down and we start discussing ‘what do you want to do?’, we don’t start or end that without having Michigan or Michigan State part of that conversation, and there’s an SEC school involved in that conversation as well,” Kelly said. “I can assure you that Michigan, Michigan State and an SEC school is involved in those conversations.”

This should be a nice test for both programs, especially for Notre Dame who struggled in their last game against a top-notch SEC power, they were manhandled in the BCS Championship Game two years ago against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

However, this will be a great opportunity for Notre Dame to showcase their program to the top recruits in the loaded Peach State that churns out four and five-star recruits on a yearly basis and for Georgia to test themselves against one of college football’s royalty.

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