College Football: Irish Return to North America, Top Purdue, Join ACC(Almost)

Notre Dame will pick up five ACC games each season, but its traditional rivals, like Navy, will remain on the schedule (Photo / wikimedia commons)

Tommy Rees returned from a one-game suspension to spell starter Everett Golson and lead Notre Dame (2-0) to a 20-17 win over Purdue (1-1) in South Bend. The junior QB entered the game with the score tied at 17 and led the Irish on a 55-yard march that set up kicker Kyle Brindza’s winning field goal with 10 seconds left.

This week the Irish face #10 Michigan State (2-0) at East Lansing.

The news off the field this week was as significant as anything between the sidelines as Notre Dame will be joining the ACC in all its sports programs, other than football. While remaining independent, the move will add five ACC games to Notre Dame’s football schedule each year and will also include facing each ACC opponent at least once every three years. A timetable has not been set with the ACC for the transition.