Notre Dame managed a perfect record through 12 games last year, before falling in the Cotton Bowl to eventual national champion Clemson, 30-3.

Will the Fighting Irish be chasing perfection in December once again this year?

Here’s what Notre Dame fans have to look forward to in 2019:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2019 full football schedule

Here is the full, detailed schedule for Notre Dame’s 2019 football season, with past games and results first, then the TV schedule for future games below.

Louisville Monday, Sept. 2 8:00 p.m. Louisville, KY W, 35-17
New Mexico Saturday, Sept. 14 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Georgia Saturday, Sept. 21 8:00 p.m. Athens, GA CBS
Virginia Saturday, Sept. 28 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Bowling Green Saturday, Oct. 5 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
USC Saturday, Oct. 12 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Michigan Saturday, Oct. 28 TBD Ann Arbor, MI TBD
Virginia Tech Saturday, Nov. 2 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Duke Saturday, Nov. 9 TBD Durham, NC TBD
Navy Saturday, Nov. 16 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Boston College Saturday, Nov. 23 2:30 p.m. Notre Dame, IN NBC
Stanford Saturday, Nov. 30 TBD Stanford, CA TBD

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You can find tickets to each of Notre Dame’s home games here.

2018’s results

The Irish went 12-1 last year, losing to Clemson 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl.

Here’s what happened in every game of Notre Dame’s 2018 schedule:

Michigan Saturday, September 1 Notre Dame, IN W 24-17
Ball State Saturday, September 8 Notre Dame, IN W 24-16
Vanderbilt Saturday, September 15 Notre Dame, IN W 22-17
Wake Forest Saturday, September 22 Winston-Salem, NC W 56-27
Stanford Saturday, September 29 Notre Dame, IN W 38-17
Virginia Tech Saturday, October 6 Blacksburg, VA W 45-23
Pittsburgh Saturday, October 13 Notre Dame, IN W 19-14
Navy Saturday, October 27 San Diego, CA W 44-22
Northwestern Saturday, November 3 Evanston, IL W 31-21
Florida State Saturday, November 10 Notre Dame, IN W 42-13
Syracuse Saturday, November 17 Bronx, NY W 36-3
USC Saturday, November 24 Los Angeles, Cali W 24-17
Clemson Saturday, Dec. 29 Arlington, TX L 30-3

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Top returning players

Quarterback Ian Book didn’t take over the starting job until week three of 2018, but still managed to pass for 2,628 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions (a 154.0 rating) in just 10 games. With Brandon Wimbush gone to UCF, Book enters 2019 as the obvious starter under center, which should allow for a breakout season for the junior.

Jafar Armstrong was playing second fiddle to Dexter Williams, but emerged as the top aerial threat out of Notre Dame’s backfield last season, catching 14 passes for 159 yards (an average of 11.4 yards per reception). 

But where Notre Dame will shine next year will obviously be the defense, led in part by lineman Julian Okwara. Last year, Okwara had 26 solo tackles, including 12.5 for a loss, and eight sacks, and he also picked up an interception and a forced fumble. 

Preseason ranking

We have Notre Dame sitting at No. 10 in our preseason Top 25. Here’s that breakdown:

10. Notre Dame

Get ready for a slightly down year for the Irish. That trip to Georgia seems destined to end in a loss. And then there are brutal games at Michigan, Duke and Stanford. Seems like 9-3 is the end result. But there won’t be a collapse.

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The 2020 College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff era is entering its sixth season in the 2019-20 season. Will it be the first season since the inaugural playoff that Clemson and Alabama are left out of either the CFP semifinal or national championship?

Whether the Tigers and Tide play each other or not, here are the dates and sites for the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals and CFP national championship.

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When are the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals?

The CFP semifinals are set for Dec. 28, 2019. One semifinal is the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The other semifinal is the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

When is the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship?

The CFP national championship is a bit later in 2020. The two winners of the semifinals will meet on the second Monday of January in New Orleans on Jan. 13, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Below is a complete history of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

2015 No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20
2016 No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40
2017 No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31
2018 No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23 (OT)
2019 No. 2 Clemson 44, No. 1 Alabama 16

2021-2024 CFP national championship locations and dates

2021:     Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida) – Jan. 11
2022:     Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana) – Jan. 10
2023:     Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California) – Jan. 9
2024:     Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas) – Jan. 8


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