Despite their two long histories, Auburn football has never played Notre Dame. But Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has hinted at the possibility of a future Tigers vs. Irish matchup.
In a recent Q&A with Laken Litman of the Indianapolis Star, Swarbrick said he is interested in scheduling both Auburn and Alabama in the future. The Notre Dame athletic director added he has a relationship with Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs.
“It was interesting to see the list of teams we’ve never played (from the SEC, which include Mississippi State, Auburn and Kentucky),” Swarbrick told Litman. “I frankly didn’t know it. I have a great relationship with the Auburn athletic director (Jay Jacobs), and I’d love to figure out how to do that. There’s something to be said for ticking off everyone on that list until you can say you’ve done it over the history of this program.”
In 2014, Jacobs mentioned Notre Dame first when listing a group of potential opponents he’d like to see the Tigers play in the future.
“I’d love to play Notre Dame, Michigan (or) Florida State,” Jacobs said, according to AL.com. “All those teams that are traditionally good teams.”
With 874 wins all-time — the sixth-most among current Division I FBS members — Notre Dame is the winningest college football team that has never played Auburn.
Although it is officially an independent program, Notre Dame would count as a Power 5 school in the SEC’s current scheduling mandate. The Tigers and every other member of the SEC must schedule a power-conference foe each season.
Auburn is still without a power opponent for the 2020 season. However, Notre Dame already has a near-full schedule set for 2020 that includes a matchup against SEC school Arkansas.
The Tigers’ next schedule without a Power 5 opponent is in 2025. The Tigers play Clemson in 2017, Washington in 2018, Oregon in 2019, Penn State in 2021 and 2022, and California in 2023 and 2024.