SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish sing the alma mater following a loss to the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium on September 17, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan State defeated Notre Dame 36-28. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Notre Dame adds another Power 5 series to its future schedule

Notre Dame's schedule just got tougher.

Notre Dame's football schedule is always of significant interest around the country. On one hand, fans of the Irish will always defend the program's choice to remain independent and the (very) difficult schedule that the decision often provides. On the flip side, the rest of the country (or at least most of it) keeps tabs on the Irish for varying reasons, with a portion taking pleasure when Notre Dame fails on the gridiron.

Still, there is no denying the quality of Notre Dame's Power 5 opponents and, this week, the Irish added another in the form of Purdue. While the two teams were already scheduled to play four times before 2026, the Boilermakers announced two more contests that would take place in 2027 (at Notre Dame) and 2028 (at Purdue).

Purdue AD Mike Bobinski, who is a Notre Dame graduate, said the following in the official release:

"Having been on the other side of the series some years ago, I am familiar with the history and tradition of the Purdue-Notre Dame matchup. Sellout crowds, national television, two outstanding universities in close proximity and intensely competitive games. I am excited that the series will resume and know our fans will be, as well."

The Irish recently announced a two-game series with Wisconsin that will take place in NFL venues and this continues a long line of aggressive scheduling. Just how intriguing these games are, especially on Purdue's end, remains to be seen but we can safely add yet another Big Ten opponent to the future slate.