Notre Dame exploring series with Georgia

Notre Dame and Georgia are in talks to play a home-and-home football series between the schools for 2018 and 2019, CBSSports.com reported Tuesday.

Notre Dame’s last SEC regular-season game was a 41-21 win over Tennessee in 2005.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity acknowledged the schools have had discussions.

“It’d be great for the University of Georgia if we were able to make it happen,” McGarity told CBSSports.com.

The dates remain to be determined, senior associate athletic director John Heisler told ESPN.com.

As a football independent but member of the ACC in other sports, the Irish have an agreement to play five ACC teams per season, which can complicate their scheduling with members of other conferences.

Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler told the Chicago Tribune that the series could perhaps be played in years other than 2018 and 2019.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly sparked interest in August when he called Georgia a natural matchup for the Irish, according to CBSSports.com.

Notre Dame’s last SEC matchup was a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. Before that, the Irish lost 41-14 to LSU in the 2006 Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame is 26-17 all time against the SEC.

Notre Dame previously announced its full schedules for the 2014-16 seasons, so any future series could not be scheduled before 2017.