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

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football vs. Wisconsin Badgers

Notre Dame has played every team that is currently in the Big Ten, including Wisconsin and Purdue, who the Fighting Irish defeated last season.

Notre Dame and Ohio State kick off their season with a top-five matchup Saturday night in Columbus. This will mark the seventh time the two programs have met. The Buckeyes lead the series 4-2.

Related: All-Time Notre Dame Football Team

In fact, the Fighting Irish have played every team in the current Big Ten more than once. Here is how they have fared against each program.

Big Ten East


(Notre Dame leads the series 23-5-1)

Indiana led this series 4-3-1 heading into 1908. Since then, the Hoosiers' last win over the Irish was in 1950 and Notre Dame has won the last six meetings, with the last being in 1991.


(Notre Dame leads the series 2-0)

Both meetings have been played at neutral sites. In 2002, Notre Dame beat Maryland 22-0 in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium, and the Irish won the 2011 Shamrock Series 45-21 at FedEx Field.


(Michigan leads the series 25-17-1)

From 1978 to 2019, the Notre Dame/Michigan matchup was one of college football's biggest early-season games, minus a two-year layoff from 2000-01 and a three-year hiatus from 2015-17. However, this rivalry is not set to resume until 2033.

Michigan State

(Notre Dame leads the series 48-28-1)

There are a lot of great contests in this series, but the biggest by far was the 1966 "Game of the Century" that ended in a 10-10 tie. Both teams would share the national championship, with this tie being their only blemish.

Ohio State

(Ohio State leads the series 4-2)

Saturday's matchup marks the first time the Irish and Buckeyes have played during the 1996 regular season. They have since met twice in the Fiesta Bowl, both Ohio State wins.

Penn State

(The series is tied at 9-9-1)

The two programs played every year during the 1980s and '90s when both were independents but have only faced off twice since the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten.


(Notre Dame leads the series 4-0)

The teams actually played a fifth game, with Notre Dame beating Rutgers 29-16 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, but that win was vacated because of NCAA violations. Of the four wins on the books, three were shutouts.

Big Ten West


(Notre Dame leads the series 11-0-1)

The Irish and Fighting Illini first met in 1898 but have not played since 1968, which was a 58-8 drubbing of Illinois in South Bend.


(Notre Dame leads the series 13-9-3)

The teams last met in 1968, with Notre Dame winning 51-28. Four of the Hawkeyes' eight wins over the Irish came in seasons where Iowa won the national title (1921, 1956, 1958, and 1960).


(Notre Dame leads the series 4-0-1)

The Irish have outscored the Golden Gophers 72-27 in five games, but the two programs have not met since 1938.


(Nebraska leads the series 8-7-1)

The two programs have met just three times since 1948, with the Cornhuskers winning all three games. The most exciting was a 27-24 overtime victory in South Bend in 2000.


(Notre Dame leads the series 38-9-2)

These schools first met in 1889 and last faced off in 2018. In 1995, the Wildcats shocked the Irish with a 17-15 upset to kick off the season en route to winning their first Big Ten title since 1936.


(Notre Dame leads the series 57-26-2)

One of the most memorable games in this in-state rivalry occurred in 1977 when Notre Dame trailed Purdue 24-14 in the fourth quarter. Joe Montana came off the bench to engineer a comeback that ended in a 31-24 win. The Irish won the rest of their game and the national championship.


(Notre Dame leads the series 9-6-2)

The Irish and Badgers met last season at Soldier Field in Chicago for the Shamrock Series and Notre Dame won 41-13. That was their first meeting since 1964.

— 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.