Arkansas’ series against Michigan for 2018 and 2019 was called off because the Wolverines scheduled a series with Notre Dame. In an ironic twist, the Hogs went and scheduled a home-and-home series with the Irish. The two teams will meet in South Bend in 2020, but you’ll have to wait until 2025 for Notre Dame to make their trip to Razorback Stadium.
For the Hogs, it’s set up that way to balance a road game with the home matchup in 2021 against Texas. Jeff Long said in a statement he wanted to alternate Arkansas’ biggest non-conference game between home and road and that fits between that and the 2019 home game against Colorado State perfectly. So far the return game is the only game Arkansas has scheduled past that matchup against Texas.
For Notre Dame, they get the Hogs at home following a neutral site game against Navy. Then in 2025 it will come a week after playing fellow SEC foe Texas A&M. The Fighting Irish haven’t avoided playing SEC opponents. They will start a series with Georgia this season, and have that previously mentioned series against the Aggies.
Somewhat surprisingly, the two programs have never played each other. Although they do share in Lou Holtz’s legacy, being the two most successful stops in his coaching career. At Arkansas, Holtz led the Hogs to a top-10 finish in the Coaches Poll four times. At Notre Dame, he finished ranked in the coaches poll eight times.
Also Notre Dame went 4-8 last season. In case you didn’t know.