5 Teams Notre Dame Has Shockingly Never Lost To

By David Hayes
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has surprisingly never lost to any of these five teams in program history.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team has surprisingly never lost to any of these five teams in program history. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are among the top of college football's most elite and storied programs, and you don't get a seat at that kind of table without earning it over sustained periods of success against a wide variety of opponents.

While one might think the Irish would have dropped at least one game to most of the country's major opponents somewhere down the line, here's a look at the five most impressive FBS opponents Notre Dame has surprisingly never lost to.

Teams Notre Dame Has Never Lost To

*Note: All opponents included below are limited to current FBS programs that have played Notre Dame at least once.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia football helmet.
West Virginia football helmet. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (4-0-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Oct. 13, 2001
Final Score: Notre Dame 34 | WVU 24

4. Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois football helmet.
Illinois football helmet. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (10-0-1)
Most Recent Meeting: Oct. 19, 1968
Final Score: Notre Dame 58 | Illinois 8

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota football helmet.
Minnesota football helmet. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (4-0-1)
Most Recent Meeting: Nov. 12, 1938
Final Score: Notre Dame 19 | Minnesota 0

2. Florida Gators

Florida football helmet.
Florida football helmet. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (1-0-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Jan. 1, 1992 (Sugar Bowl)
Final Score: Notre Dame 39 | Florida 28

1. Washington Huskies

Washington football helmet.
Washington football helmet. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

All-Time Series Record: (8-0-0)
Most Recent Meeting: Oct. 3, 2009
Final Score: Notre Dame 37 | Washington 30


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