This is a list of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football season records. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the football team of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. The team competes as an Independent at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level.
Notre Dame has the most consensus national championships and has produced more All-Americans than any other Football Bowl Subdivision school. Additionally, seven Fighting Irish football players have won the Heisman Trophy.
Notre Dame is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Boston College, and one of a handful of programs independent of a football conference. The team plays its home games on Notre Dame's campus at Notre Dame Stadium, also known as the "House that Rockne Built," which has a capacity of 80,795.
Notre Dame claims national championships in an additional three seasons, for a total of 11 consensus national championships. Notre Dame, however, is often credited with 13 national championships in total. The 1938 and 1953 seasons are the reason for the discrepancy. In 1938, 8-1 Notre Dame was awarded the national championship by the Dickinson System, while Texas Christian (which finished 11-0) was awarded the championship by the Associated Press. In the 1953 season, an undefeated Notre Dame team (9-0-1) was named national champion by every major selector except the AP and UPI (Coaches) polls, where the Irish finished second in both to 10-1 Maryland. As Notre Dame has a policy of only recognizing AP and Coaches Poll national championships post-1936, the school does not officially recognize the 1938 and 1953 national championships.
|1896||Frank E. Hering||4–3|
|1897||Frank E. Hering||4–1–1|
|1898||Frank E. Hering||4–2|
|1905||Henry J. McGlew||5–4|
|1908||Victor M. Place||8–1|
|1911||John L. Marks||6–0–2|
|1912||John L. Marks||7–0|
|1924||Knute Rockne||10–0||W Rose|
|1969||Ara Parseghian||8–2–1||L Cotton||9||5|
|1970||Ara Parseghian||10–1||W Cotton||5||2|
|1972||Ara Parseghian||8–3||L Orange||12||14|
|1973||Ara Parseghian||11–0||W Sugar||4||1|
|1974||Ara Parseghian||10–2||W Orange||4||6|
|1976||Dan Devine||9–3||W Gator||12||12|
|1977||Dan Devine||11–1||W Cotton||1||1|
|1978||Dan Devine||9–3||W Cotton||6||7|
|1980||Dan Devine||9–2–1||L Sugar||10||9|
|1983||Gerry Faust||7–5||W Liberty|
|1984||Gerry Faust||7–5||L Aloha|
|1987||Lou Holtz||8–4||L Cotton||17|
|1988||Lou Holtz||12–0||W Fiesta||1||1|
|1989||Lou Holtz||12–1||W Orange||3||2|
|1990||Lou Holtz||9–3||L Orange||6||6|
|1991||Lou Holtz||10–3||W Sugar||12||13|
|1992||Lou Holtz||10–1–1||W Cotton||4||4|
|1993||Lou Holtz||11–1||W Cotton||2||2|
|1994||Lou Holtz||6–5–1||L Fiesta|
|1995||Lou Holtz||9–3||L Orange||13||11|
|1997||Bob Davie||7–6||L Independence|
|1998||Bob Davie||9–3||L Gator||22||22|
|2000||Bob Davie||9–3||L Fiesta†||16||15|
|2002||Tyrone Willingham||10–3||L Gator||17||17|
|2004||Kent Baer||0–1||L Insight|
|2005||Charlie Weis||9–3||L Fiesta†||11||9|
|2006||Charlie Weis||10–3||L Sugar†||19||17|
|2008||Charlie Weis||7–6||W Hawaii|
|2010||Brian Kelly||8–5||W Sun|
|2011||Brian Kelly||8–5||L Champs Sports|
|2012||Brian Kelly||12-1*||L BCS National Championship Game†||3||4|
|2013||Brian Kelly||9-4||W Pinstripe Bowl||24||20|
|2014||Brian Kelly||8–5||W Music City Bowl|
|2015||Brian Kelly||10–3||L Fiesta Bowl†||12||11|
|2017||Brian Kelly||10–3||W Citrus Bowl||11||11|
|2018||Brian Kelly||12-1||L Cotton Bowl†||3||3|
|Total:||895–324–42 Totals current through Decemember 29, 2018.|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.|
- ↑ "Notre Dame Records" (PDF). http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/nd/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/06mg-pgs135-176.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- ↑ "CFB Data Warehouse Notre Dame Recognized National Champions". Archived from the original on 2003-07-05. https://web.archive.org/web/20030705235920/http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/independents/notre_dame/national_champs.php. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- ↑ On February 13, 2018, the NCAA announced Notre Dame would be forced to vacate all wins from 2012. They are allowed to keep their loss to Alabama in the BCS national title game. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/22420219/ncaa-denies-notre-dame-fighting-irish-appeal-vacated-wins-2012-13
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Notre Dame 2008 Football Media Guide". UND.com. Notre Dame Athletic Department. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/0809-fb-mediaguide.html. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
- ↑ "All-Time Head Coaches". UND.com. Notre Dame Athletic Department. http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/nd-m-fb-a-coach.html. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
- ↑ Associated Press (Writers and Broadcasters) Final Polls Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records, NCAA. July 2008. pp. 96–99 Accessed 2008-09-27.
- ↑ USA Today/ESPN (Coaches) Weekly Poll Leaders Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records, NCAA. July 2008. pp. 101–105 Accessed 2008-09-27.