In a conference, one does not cherry pick their conference opponents.
ND played Wake on the road (one of a very few) before the ACC's smallest stadium. Yet, they refused to play at the campus stadiums of Rutgers and UCONN when they made some verbal promise a few years back to schedule 4 BE games yearly.
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In all seriousness though, joining the ACC in football could possibly provide an easier path to the National Championship than what the Irish are currently doing.
Hypothetically, Notre Dame would join the ACC North (the old Big East) with UConn for 16 teams. The ACC adopts a 9 game conference schedule. Notre Dame is added to Pitt, Syracuse, BC, UConn, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland.
The Irish say good bye to Michigan State, Purdue and Stanford from their schedule. They play all 7 "North Division" teams and 2 rotating "South Division" games along with Michigan, Navy and Southern Cal. Notre Dame's road to an undefeated season is basically 3 maybe 4 games. (Virginia Tech, Michigan, USC and maybe Clemson, FSU or GT in they catch'em on their up year). This is certainly an easier road to the National Championship than joining the B1G TEN.
I know the Irish are all about tradition but there is something to be said for winning championships (or at least to the championship game).