Notre Dame Football: How the Fighting Irish Have Fared vs. SEC Teams

The Irish have a storied history playing SEC teams

With Georgia's 23-17 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 21, the Bulldogs improved their record to 3-0 against the Fighting Irish. Georgia is the only SEC team that can claim a winning record over Notre Dame. Even though the Irish have never played Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky or Mississippi State, they have a rich history against SEC programs. Here's a brief recap.

 

SEC East

 

Florida

(Notre Dame leads series 1-0)

The two teams met in the 1992 Sugar Bowl and Notre Dame led 17-16 going into the fourth quarter. Then Irish running back Jerome Bettis took over and ran for three touchdowns in the final period as Notre Dame won 39-28.

 

Georgia

(Georgia leads series 3-0)

Herschel Walker and Georgia beat Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl to secure the national championship. The Bulldogs also won a 20-19 thriller in South Bend in 2017 before beating the Irish 23-17 in Athens on Sept. 21. Georgia's three wins have been decided by a total of 14 points.

 

Missouri

(Series tied at 2-2)

Head coach Dan Devine was on the losing sideline in two of these games. The first was a 24-7 loss as Mizzou's head coach in 1970. In 1975, he took the head coaching job with Notre Dame and endured a 3-0 loss to the Tigers in 1978. The Irish won the last meeting between these two schools 16-14 in 1984.

 

South Carolina

(Notre Dame leads series 3-1)

South Carolina was an independent from 1971-91 and played fellow Independent Notre Dame four times between 1976 and '84.

 

Tennessee

(Series tied at 4-4)

The Volunteers won four of the first six contests, including a miracle comeback in South Bend in 1991, but the Irish have taken the last two to even the series.

 

Vanderbilt

(Notre Dame leads series 3-0)

The two teams first met in 1995, with Notre Dame being perfect in the series. The Irish had to hang on for dear life in last season's 22-17 win.

 

SEC West

 

Alabama

(Notre Dame leads series 5-2)

Both of these programs have played each other for the national championship twice. In 1973, Alabama and Notre Dame staged an epic Sugar Bowl showdown, which the Irish won 24-23. Their last meeting was in the BCS Championship Game in 2013 with the Crimson Tide winning 42-17.

 

LSU

(Notre Dame leads series 7-5)

The schools first met in 1970 and three of their last four meetings have been bowl games. Notre Dame won the most recent encounter, a 21-17 victory in the 2018 Citrus Bowl.

 

Ole Miss

(Series tied at 1-1)

The Rebels upset Notre Dame in 20-13 in the second game of the 1977 season. Then-head coach Dan Devine named Joe Montana the starting quarterback and Notre Dame won its remaining games and the national championship. The Irish beat Ole Miss in the last meeting in 1985 to even the series.

 

Texas A&M

(Notre Dame leads series 3-2)

The Aggies faced Notre Dame in three Cotton Bowls from 1988 to '94 when Texas A&M was in the Southwestern Conference. They last played each other in 2001 when A&M was in the Big 12.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

 

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