Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


Fighting Irish Battle Trojans in College Football’s Greatest Intersectional Rivalry

Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan to Call Action from Notre Dame Stadium in Primetime 

Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie & Hines Ward Host Countdown To Kickoff  On-Site at 6:30 P.M. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 16, 2013 – College football’s greatest intersectional rivalry renews this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC from Notre Dame Stadium where the Fighting Irish host the USC Trojans in primetime for only the second time. Coverage begins with Countdown to Kickoff on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s matchup will mark the 85th time the two storied programs will square off. Notre Dame defeated USC 22-13 at the LA Coliseum last November, and has won two of the last three meetings; prior to the Fighting Irish’s 20-16 win at USC in 2010, the Trojans had won the previous eight games in the series. Notre Dame holds an edge in the all-time series, boasting a 44-35-5 record. The two schools have combined for 22 National Championships and 13 Heisman Trophy winners.

Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees and the Fighting Irish enter Saturday’s action following a tight 37-34 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, on Oct. 5, in the 2013 installation of the Shamrock Series. The Trojans are coming off of a 38-31 victory over Arizona in interim head coach Ed Orgeron’s debut on Oct. 10.

Dan Hicks, NBC Sports Group’s longtime and critically-acclaimed golf and Olympic commentator, leads NBC Sports’ Notre Dame Football coverage this season as its play-by-play voice. He is joined by analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan for NBC’s 23rd season broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games.

Liam McHugh hosts Countdown To Kickoff on the field at Notre Dame Stadium. He is joined on-site by 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward.  McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also manage half-time coverage for the telecast.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Alex Flanagan will provide live in-game tweets. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference. will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.


Beginning this season, NBC Sports Regional Networks’ Comcast SportsNet Chicago will join forces with NBC Sports to help power’s “Notre Dame Central” (  CSN Chicago will contribute a dedicated Notre Dame Football “Insider” in JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from, who will serve as a beat reporter providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

Fans can also follow the network’s @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.  Also this season, CSN Chicago will provide its TV viewers with same day replays of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports beginning Saturday, August 31, along with a live stream of Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conferences.  In addition, Comcast SportsNet Chicago has also hired Tony Rice, quarterback of the 1988 National Champion Fighting Irish, to be its ND Football on-air/online contributor throughout the upcoming college football season.

Following is the NBC Sports Group 2013 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Oct. 19 USC 6:30 p.m. NBCSN 7:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 2 Navy 3 p.m. NBCSN 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 23 BYU 3 p.m. NBCSN 3:30 p.m. NBC

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