BYU officially adds Notre Dame to 2022 football calendar


Cougars and Fighting Irish close three-game streak that began in 2012

(Michael Conroy | AP) Notre Dame running back George Atkinson III is hit by BYU defensive back Daniel Sorensen as he dives for a 20-yard touchdown during the second half of a college football game of the NCAA in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, October 20, 2012.

BYU’s athletic director will no longer have to deal with what has become a constant question in recent years: when will BYU play Notre Dame again?

The answer is October 8, 2022.

On Tuesday, BYU announced that the two teams have agreed to play at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas next year.

“It was a process, with a lot of back and forth, to be able to find a second leg in this series that would work for both sides. We feel great playing this game in Las Vegas, where Cougar Nation always shows up, and we look forward to an amazing game and atmosphere, ”said Tom Holmoe, BYU director of sports.

Originally, schools had agreed to a six-game streak shortly after BYU left the Mountain West Conference for independence. The deal then turned into a 2 for 1 deal.

The Cougars played two games at Notre Dame, in 2012 and 2013, but had to wait almost a decade for the Fighting Irish to hold their end of the bargain and come to Provo to close the series.

It appears that part of what made the deal happen was finding a suitable neutral site.

BYU opened the 2021 season at Allegiant Stadium against Arizona earlier this month and has seen success in the NFL stadium. Almost 80% of the sold-out crowd were BYU fans.

With the deal finalized with Notre Dame, BYU now has a full 12-game 2022 schedule.

BYU is expected to play road games in Oregon, Stanford, Boise State, South Florida and Liberty, while hosting Arkansas, Baylor, Utah State, East Carolina, Wyoming and Dixie State at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

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