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USC to fight on against Notre Dame

USC will continue to host the Fighting Irish on Thanksgiving weekend in even-numbered years. (Photo/Dan Avila)

USC and Notre Dame have agreed to extend their longtime intersectional football series through the 2023 season.

The Trojans have also arranged a three-game series with Brigham Young University (BYU) beginning late this decade and have added home games against Idaho and Arkansas State in 2015 and New Mexico in 2016. These augment such nonconference games already on USC’s future schedule as Texas, Fresno State and Boston College.

Beginning this fall, USC will have seven home games in all but three of the next 11 years. There will be six homes games in 2014, 2018 and 2019. Additional nonconference home games in 2016 through 2023 are in the process of being scheduled.

USC will continue to host the Fighting Irish on Thanksgiving weekend in even-numbered years and play at South Bend in mid-October in odd-numbered years through 2023. The series began in 1926 and has featured some of the most memorable contests in college football history.

The Trojans will play at BYU on Sept. 14, 2019, then host the Cougars on the Thanksgiving weekends of 2021 (Nov. 27) and 2023 (Nov. 25). The teams have met only twice before, with Trojan victories in 2003 at home and 2004 on the road en route to national championships.

“Not only are we pleased to be able to extend our storied series with Notre Dame, but we were able to keep the game on the traditional dates of Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles and mid-October in South Bend,” said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden. “Adding the series with BYU, which is a great matchup for the fans of both teams and for all college football fans, helped us in that regard.”

In 2015, USC will open its season by hosting Arkansas State (the first meeting between the schools) on Sept. 5 and Idaho on Sept. 12. Troy beat Idaho at home in 2007, the first meeting between the teams since 1929.

The Trojans will host New Mexico in their 2016 season opener on Sept. 3. It will be the first time the schools have played.

USC previously announced upcoming nonconference games against Texas (Sept. 16, 2017 at home and Sept. 15, 2018 in Austin) and Fresno State (Aug. 30, 2014 at home).

The Trojans also will play at Boston College on Sept. 13, 2014, after hosting the Eagles this season on Sept. 14. USC’s other nonconference games this season are against Hawaii on the road to open the season (Aug. 29), home against Utah State (Sept. 21) and at Notre Dame (Oct. 19).

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