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Thursday, September 7th, 2017
NO. 24 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST NO. 15 GEORGIA BULLDOGS THIS SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, and Kathryn Tappen to Call Second-Ever Matchup Between Notre Dame and Georgia
Liam McHugh and Chris Simms Provide Studio Coverage On-Site at Newly-Renovated Notre Dame Stadium
Pre-Game Coverage Includes Show Opening with Tim Brown and Herschel Walker – Last Two Heisman Trophy Winners from Notre Dame and Georgia
Notre Dame-Georgia Primetime Telecast on NBC to Utilize Largest Camera Complement Since Acquiring Notre Dame Football Home Game Rights in 1991
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 7, 2017 – NBC Sports presents a top-25 clash this Saturday in primetime on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET featuring a pair of historic college football programs, when the No. 24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0) host the No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) in just the second-ever meeting between the two schools.
Notre Dame moved into the AP Top 25 this week following a 49-16 win in its home opener against Temple on Sept. 2. Fighting Irish QB Brandon Wimbush threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 106 yards and another score in his first collegiate start. Wimbush was one of three players on the Notre Dame offense to rush for over 100 yards (Josh Adams and Dexter Williams), the first time three Irish players eclipsed the century mark on the ground since at least 1954.
Georgia defeated Appalachian State by a score of 31-10 last Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs were led offensively by freshman QB Jake Fromm, who replaced injured QB Jacob Eason late in the first quarter, and threw for 143 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. Fromm will make his first-ever start for the Bulldogs this weekend in South Bend.
Saturday’s primetime matchup on NBC marks just the second-ever game between Notre Dame and Georgia. Their only meeting came in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, when No. 1 ranked Georgia defeated No. 7 Notre Dame by a score of 17-10 to finish the season undefeated and win the national championship. Herschel Walker rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the game for the Bulldogs.
The Notre Dame Football on NBC commentary team is led by Mike Tirico, who begins his first full season as the voice of Notre Dame Football on NBC. He’ll be joined in the booth by Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who serves as lead analyst for Notre Dame Football on NBC, and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen.
Liam McHugh hosts studio coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC, alongside former college and NFL quarterback Chris Simms, who makes his debut as a studio analyst for Notre Dame Football on NBC this season. McHugh and Simms will anchor pre-game, halftime, and post-game coverage on-site at Notre Dame Stadium for every game this season.
PRE-GAME COVERAGE INCLUDES SHOW OPENING WITH TIM BROWN AND HERSCHEL WALKER – LAST TWO HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS FROM NOTRE DAME AND GEORGIA
NBC Sports will open Saturday night’s primetime telecast with a piece on former Notre Dame WR Tim Brown and former Georgia RB Herschel Walker. Brown (1987) and Walker (1982) are the last two recipients of the Heisman Trophy from their respective schools, and Walker played in the only other meeting between Notre Dame and Georgia (1981 Sugar Bowl).
NOTRE DAME-GEORGIA PRIMETIME TELECAST ON NBC TO UTILIZE LARGEST CAMERA COMPLEMENT SINCE ACQUIRING NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL HOME GAME RIGHTS IN 1991
Saturday night’s primetime telecast on NBC between the Fighting Irish and the Bulldogs will feature the largest camera complement for a Notre Dame Football on NBC game since acquiring exclusive Notre Dame football home game rights prior to the 1991 season. This week’s robust telecast will feature more than 20 cameras, as well as live look-ins at a viewing party in Athens, Ga., featuring members of the Georgia Bulldogs team that won the national title in 1981.
Listed below is a complete schedule of NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2017 Notre Dame Football on NBC season.
2017 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC
|Saturday, September 9||7:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Georgia||NBC|
|Saturday, September 30||5 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Miami (OH)||NBCSN|
|Saturday, October 21||7:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. USC||NBC|
|Saturday, October 28||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. N.C. State||NBC|
|Saturday, November 4||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest||NBC|
|Saturday, November 18||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Navy||NBC|
NBC SPORTS GOLD TO OFFER DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER LIVE STREAMING PRODUCT FOR INTERNATIONAL NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL FANS
NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — is launching an international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass,” giving fans in 13 international countries access to every home game during the 2017 season. The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, will offer fans abroad coverage of Notre Dame Football home games live and on-demand, available online, as well as on mobile devices and tablets.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Notre Dame Football Season Pass” is available for purchase now for $49.99, and features all seven home games in the 2017 season, beginning Saturday, Sept. 2, with Temple vs. Notre Dame. The pass is available in 13 countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK. USD or local currency pricing is available. “Notre Dame Football Season Pass” is not available to customers in the U.S. Click here for more information.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide extensive live streaming coverage of the 2017 Notre Dame Football on NBC season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBCSports.com with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Douglas Farmer.
CSN Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times). CSNChicago.com will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent. Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m. CT.
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