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Purdue reshapes series with Notre Dame, other schedule changes

Purdue is changing its series against Notre Dame after the two programs have met every season since 1946.

The Boilermakers announced on their website Thursday that their 2014 game against the Irish will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Notre Dame was originally scheduled to play host to Purdue on its campus, but the Irish changed the game to be part of its Shamrock Series, which moves an on-campus game to a neutral site once a year. Purdue will receive 10,000 tickets, twice the usual allotment for visiting teams, for the game in the 67,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.

"We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "Both schools have great fan and alumni bases there, so it will make for an entertaining evening of college football."

The 2014 game will be the first in Indianapolis between the programs since Purdue upset then-No. 8 Notre Dame 23-21 on Sept. 8, 1984.

Next season's game also kicks off a number of changes to the rivalry that started in 1896 because of the Big Ten moving from an eight-game to a nine-game conference schedule and Notre Dame's obligation to play five Atlantic Coast Conference teams each year starting in 2014 as part of the Irish's deal to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

Purdue and Notre Dame will not play each other again until 2020, with the Boilermakers playing host for the game on Sept. 19.

Notre Dame will be the host school for a game on Sept. 18, 2021. The series will then take another break with the Boilermakers playing host to the Irish on Sept. 14, 2024, and Notre Dame playing host for a game on Sept. 13, 2025.

Purdue said it is working on a date and neutral site location to play Notre Dame in 2026, and the universities are working on scheduling games beyond that..

The Irish and Boilermakers have played 85 times with Notre Dame holding a 57-26-2 edge in the series.

Purdue didn't waste any time finding a new marquee non-conference game to take Notre Dame's place in 2015, announcing that it will play host to Virginia Tech on Sept. 19 that season. The Boilermakers will play at Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 9, 2023.

The Boilermakers also changed some of its 2016 dates as they moved their home game against Eastern Kentucky to Sept. 3, 2016, after previously scheduling that game for Sept. 9, 2017. Purdue's home game against Cincinnati was also moved to Sept. 10, 2016, from Sept. 3, 2016.

Purdue also said it is close to finalizing an agreement to play Missouri in a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018 with the Boilermakers traveling to Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 16, 2017, and then playing host to the Tigers on Sept. 15, 2018.