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Electoral College: Is Notre Dame Football More Successful Under Democratic or Republican Presidents?

You may have heard about the bizarre, but coincidental, relationship between Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Triple Crown winners. Is there a similar trend line in presidential years? Or between Irish success and which party controls the White House? Let’s take a look.

Notre Dame’s first football season was 1887, during the first of Grover Cleveland’s two nonconsecutive terms. The Irish weren’t very successful before the Democrat ceded office to Benjamin Harrison, posting a 1-3 record. They were, however, successful during Cleveland’s entire tenure, going 15-9-1 during his split terms.

Notre Dame Game Results, by President

Grover Cleveland Democrat 3/4/1885-3/4/1889 1 3 0 0.