College football scheduling can be a mess to say the least. Arizona State and Notre Dame have now finally cleaned things up that will make the future schedules for both programs a little clearer.
According to azcentral.com and College Football Talk, the two programs have agreed on keeping the 2014 matchup that was already on the schedule. The game will now be played on Nov. 8, 2014 at Sun Devil Stadium.
Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Steve Patterson is appreciative that Notre Dame was willing to work out an agreement, as he told azcentral:
The key for us was given the proximity of time to the date next year, we wanted to be able to maintain playing Notre Dame at home for our fans and student-athletes, ASU Vice President for Athletics Steve Patterson said. The Pac-12 was willing to work with us (on the date change). We appreciate their help.
Any time you go into a new conference like Notre Dame, it poses problems. If we’re going to represent certain standards, we’ve got to abide by contracts. It’s a good thing we were able to work it out for both parties.
The issues began when Notre Dame was expecting to play Florida State in 2014, which was part of the new scheduling agreement with the ACC. The Irish then tried to make room for the Seminoles by removing the Sun Devils meeting. Arizona State obviously wasn't trying to hear any of it and wasn't going to budge on dropping the marquee home game.
According to College Football Talk back in April, the Florida State meeting is still on schedule for next year. Now both programs can continue to play happily in the sand box together knowing that an agreement has taken place.
According to azcentral, Notre Dame did ask if a 2015 meeting would work, but Arizona State declined due to renovations to Sun Devil Stadium that could force the team to play in a much smaller Chase Field.
Notre Dame and Arizona State will play each other this season on October 5 in Cowboys Stadium. Per the report, that game will not be effected, but the 2017 meeting that was scheduled to be played at Notre Dame Stadium will not happen.
Arizona State and Notre Dame have played two previous times in 1998 and 1999, with the Irish winning both by a score of 28-9 and 48-17.