Notre Dame and Georgia, two of the nation's top college football programs, finalized a two-game, home-and-home series on Wednesday.

The Irish will play host to the Bulldogs on Sept. 9, 2017, and travel to Athens, Ga., for a return game on Sept. 21, 2019.

Notre Dame last played an Southeastern Conference opponent during the regular season in 2005 when it faced Tennessee in South Bend, Ind.

"These are two very attractive football games against a Georgia program that also has impressive history and tradition," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "(Georgia coach) Mark Richt has done an excellent job keeping that program at the forefront, both in the SEC and nationally."

The two schools met once previously when the national champion Bulldogs posted a 17-10 victory in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. Georgia freshman Herschel Walker ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

"Playing Notre Dame will be an honor and a great challenge for us," Richt said. "I have a lot of respect for the job Coach Kelly is doing there and I'm sure college football fans across the country will enjoy watching our two teams compete."

In 2017, Notre Dame faces Michigan State, Stanford and Southern Cal in addition to Georgia and Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The Irish travel to Texas in 2019.

"As our football schedules evolved with the start of our Atlantic Coast Conference competition in 2014, we had future games slated with top-drawer opponents in virtually all the major conferences," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. "One exception was the Southeastern Conference, so we are pleased now to be able to check that box.

"These will be two contests that will have great national appeal, in part because our only previous matchup came in a bowl game."