Syracuse will host Notre-Dame on October 29, 2022, the school announced on Tuesday. It will be the first time since 2003 that the Irish will play in the Dome. The two last met in the 2020 season, with Notre Dame winning 45-21. Syracuse ran for 229 yards in that game despite the loss, a season-high for the Irish who had one of the best running defenses in the country. The Orange was led by the 113-yard performance of Sean Tucker, the first player to eclipse 100 yards rushing against Notre Dame all season.
The announcement completes the dates of the Syracuse non-conference program. Syracuse plays Connecticut on September 19e before heading home for back-to-back games against Purdue and Wagner. The Orange will then enter its Atlantic Coast Conference slate for about a month before welcoming the Irish to the Dome. With two power-five opponents on the non-conference schedule, it should be an intriguing home schedule in 2022.
Syracuse ended the 2021 season 5-7, just one game away from bowl eligibility. Three of those losses were three points at the start of the season, and the Orange are hoping that improvements from 2020 will lead to a bowl berth in 2022. Although there has been a turnover of coaching staff with the departure of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, defensive line coach Vince Reynolds, tight ends coach Reno Ferri and wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel, head coach Dino Babers, defensive coordinator Tony White and offensive line coach Mike Schmidt are all officially back. Other 2021 staff coaches are also expected.