FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
NO. 8 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST NO. 7 STANFORD CARDINAL THIS SATURDAY IN PRIMETIME ON NBC
Undefeated Rivals Clash in South Bend; Coverage Begins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET
First Top 10 Matchup at Notre Dame Stadium Since “Bush Push” No. 1 USC vs. No. 9 Notre Dame in 2005
Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Kathryn Tappen and Terry McAulay to Call Matchup
Liam McHugh and Chris Simms Host Studio Coverage On-Site at Notre Dame Stadium; Post-Game on NBCSN Immediately Following Conclusion
Notre Dame-Stanford Part of NBC’s “Big Event Weekend” – Ryder Cup Golf, Saturday Night Live Premiere, NASCAR Playoffs & Sunday Night Football
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 26, 2018 – NBC Sports presents the first Top 10 clash at Notre Dame Stadium in 13 years, when QB Ian Book and the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) host RB Bryce Love and the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (4-0) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Fighting Irish enter their matchup with rival Stanford following a decisive 56-27 win against Wake Forest last weekend to move to 4-0 for the first time since 2015. Ian Book made his second career start under center for Notre Dame, completing 25-of-34 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for three more scores. Stanford is coming off a 38-31 come-from-behind overtime victory over then-No. 20 Oregon last weekend. Bryce Love rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown in the win for the Cardinal.
Saturday’s meeting in primetime on NBC marks the first game at Notre Dame Stadium to feature two Top 10 teams since the classic “Bush Push” game between No. 1 USC and No. 9 Notre Dame in 2005, which the Trojans won 34-31 in the final seconds. The Cardinal have won the last three matchups against the Irish, including a 38-20 win last year in Palo Alto, Calif. Prior to that, five straight games in this series were decided by one possession. Notre Dame will put its eight-game home winning streak on the line on Saturday against a Stanford team that has already beaten two ranked opponents this season (USC, Oregon)
NBC Sports’ Notre Dame football coverage is part of NBC’s upcoming “Big Event Weekend,” which features Tiger Woods and the U.S. taking on Europe at the 42nd Ryder Cup; the season premiere of Saturday Night Live; the Monster Energy NASCAR Playoffs from Charlotte, N.C.; and an AFC North rivalry battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Click here for more details about NBC’ “Big Event Weekend.”
NBC Sports’ Notre Dame football commentary team is led by Mike Tirico, who is in his second full season as the voice of Notre Dame Football on NBC. He’s 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. Former NFL referee Terry McAulay, who recently joined NBC Sports following 20 years as an on-field NFL game official, joins the booth in his first season as an on-air rules analyst.
Liam McHugh will handle halftime coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC and post-game coverage on NBCSN alongside former college and NFL quarterback Chris Simms (studio analyst).
2018 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC
|Saturday, September 29||7:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Stanford||NBC|
|Saturday, October 13||2:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh||NBC|
|Saturday, November 10||7:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Florida State||NBC|
|Saturday, November 17||2:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Syracuse*||NBC|
*at Yankee Stadium
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 relaunching its international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass,” giving fans in 13 international countries access to every Fighting Irish home game during the 2018 season. Powered by NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, the direct-to-consumer pass will offer fans abroad comprehensive coverage of seven 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 2018 season. 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.
INSIDE THE IRISH ON NBCSPORTS.COM
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its popular Inside The Irish blog, as Notre Dame Football insider Douglas Farmer covers the Irish from all angles throughout the 2018 season.
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 2018 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.