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Northern Illinois set to visit Notre Dame for 2024 football game

The Huskies and Fighting Irish will meet in South Bend five years from now.

Northern Illinois has some big games on its long-term schedule.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Northern Illinois will hit the road to take on Notre Dame in South Bend as part of its 2024 non-conference schedule. The school announced the marquee college football matchup Thursday along with a 2022 road game against SEC squad Kentucky.

The Huskies will visit Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 7, 2024 to face the Fighting Irish. The meeting is part of an effort by NIU athletics director Sean T. Frazier to set up matchups with major programs from around the region.

Their 2020 non-conference slate includes matchups against Maryland, Iowa and BYU. In 2021, the Huskies will visit Michigan, a year before they head south to take on Kentucky. A year after visiting South Bend, they’re set for a 2025 road matchup against Iowa.

Frazier also decided to make it a priority to play against Football Championship Subdivision programs based in Illinois. As a result, the Huskies have future games set up with Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Illinois State.

Here’s the full rundown of Northern Illinois’ confirmed future non-conference games from their press release. It’s fair to say that matchups against the likes of Michigan, Kentucky and Notre Dame stand out.


9/5 – Rhode Island
9/12 - at Maryland
9/26 - at Iowa
10/24 – BYU


9/18 - at Michigan
9/25 – Maine


9/3 - Eastern Illinois
9/24 - at Kentucky


9/9 – Southern Illinois


9/7 - at Notre Dame
10/5 - UMass


9/13 - at Iowa
9/27 - at UMass


9/5 - Illinois State