ND Football vs. Top Academic Schools
The sharp-eyed readers among you will note that in my recent ND Football trivia quiz I listed Jay Berwanger from Yale, instead of Chicago, substituting one great academic school for another. Since Notre Dame has never defeated either of these two schools in football, and is not likely to ever play them again, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Irish have fared against the top academic schools...
In the latest rankings by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT, here are the top National Universities:
T1. Harvard never played
T1. Princeton ND leads 2-0 (1923 and 1924)—the Four Horsemen teams, under Rockne
3. Yale* ND is 0-1 (28-0 shellacking in 1914)---Rockne’s first year as Assistant Coach
*can make the claim that they have won the most National Championships
T4. Columbia never played, but Rockne agreed to leave ND to coach them. He was able to negate the contract
T4. Chicago ND is 0-4, all under Amos Alonzo Stagg. The only “Big Ten” school ND has never defeated
T6. MIT never played
T6. Stanford ND leads 18-9. This season’s meeting was the only time two top ranked Universities were also
Top ranked in football
T8. Duke ND leads 3-1
T8. Penn ND leads 5-0-1
T10. Cal Tech never played
T10. Dartmouth ND leads 2-0. ND and Dartmouth are considered to have the best Alumni Associations, based upon
Attendance at alumni events and % of alumni making donations
12. Northwestern ND leads 37-8-2. Northwestern won four in a row (1959-1962) coached by a guy named Ara
13. Johns Hopkins never played
14. Washington U. ND leads 1-0 over this University from St. Louis, not the University of Washington, over whom
Notre Dame is 8-0
T15. Brown never played
T15. Cornell never played
T17. Notre Dame
T17. Rice ND leads 4-0
T17. Vanderbilt ND leads 2-0
20. Emory never played
I decided to look at some other college academic ranking lists.
For some reason that I cannot fathom, the Naval Academy is listed among “National Liberal Arts Colleges”, ranked at #14. This is Notre Dame’s longest standing rival. We lead the series 73-12-1. We have played them for 86 consecutive years, which is the NCAA all-time record for an intersectional series.
Among “Regional Colleges-Midwest”, Notre Dame is 4-0 over #2 Ohio Northern and 3-0 over #11 Franklin.
Among “Undergraduate Engineering Colleges” there is some duplication, but ND is 4-0 versus #3T. Cal-Berkley; 26-5-1 versus #5T. Georgia Tech; 11-0-1 versus #5T. Illinois; 16-23-1 versus #7. Michigan (our oldest rival); 15-4 versus #8T. Carnegie Mellon (with one of those losses being Rockne’s most embarrassing….he took them so lightly that he did go to the game, preferring to scout an upcoming opponent instead. That was Carnegie Tech’s motivation in the upset. Rockne also lost to Carnegie Tech in a home game immediately following the “Win One for The Gipper” road upset of Army. Versus #10T. Purdue, ND is 56-26-2. Versus #10T. Texas, ND is 8-2.
Among “Regional Universities-Midwest”, Notre Dame leads 3-0 versus #2 Butler and leads 8-0 versus #3 Drake and 1-0 versus #4T Valparaiso.