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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST INAUGURAL MATCHUP WITH VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES THIS SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown to Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC
Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie and Kathryn Tappen to Call Saturday’s Game
Liam McHugh and Dhani Jones to Manage Pre-Game and Halftime Studio Coverage
Former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen Joins McHugh and Jones as Guest Analyst
Harvard Hosts Yale in “The Game” Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on CNBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2016 – NBC Sports Group continues its 26th season of Notre Dame Football on NBC this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET, when the Fighting Irish host the Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC’s live pre-game show.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish (4-6) enter Saturday’s game following a 44-6 victory against Army. Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies (7-3) travel to South Bend following a 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish are seeking their first back-to-back wins this season, while Virginia tech looks to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in 2016.
Saturday’s matchup marks the first-ever meeting between Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish and Hokies are 2-1 against common opponents this season. In those matchups, both Notre Dame and Virginia Tech beat Miami; Notre Dame defeated Syracuse and lost to Duke; and Virginia Tech beat Duke and lost to Syracuse.
With a win next week against Virginia, Virginia Tech will clinch the ACC Coastal Division and earn a berth in the ACC Championship Game.
Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC) calls Saturday’s game alongside 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner and analyst Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie), and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen).
Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host pre-game and halftime studio coverage on NBC. McHugh will be joined by 11-year NFL veteran and former University of Michigan LB Dhani Jones (@DhaniJones). In addition, former Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen (@JimmyClausen) will join McHugh and Jones as a guest analyst.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC IN 4K UHD
In addition to NBC’s traditional high definition broadcast of all Notre Dame Football home games, NBC and DIRECTV will offer viewers 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) coverage of every Fighting Irish Football home game during the 2016 season. 4K UHD coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC will be delivered live, as a companion presentation to NBC’s high definition broadcast, and will feature the same on air commentators, camera angles and graphics. 4K UHD coverage of Notre Dame Football will be a first for NBC and will be distributed to DIRECTV (Check local listings for channel information).
YALE AT HARVARD – “THE GAME” – SATURDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC
CNBC will present “The Game,” one of college football’s most historic rivalries, this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, when the Harvard Crimson host the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass.
Saturday’s game marks the 133rd all-time meeting between the two schools, with the rivalry dating back to 1875. Harvard enters the game with a 7-2 record. Yale visits Allston with a 2-7 record. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with a 65-59-8 record, but the Crimson have won the last nine meetings.
With a win against Yale on Saturday, Harvard will earn at least a share of its fourth straight Ivy League title. Harvard can win the conference championship outright with a victory over Yale, and losses by both Princeton and Penn, who each play on Saturday.
Paul Burmeister (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action from Harvard Stadium. Burmeister and Tucker will be joined by sideline reporter Carolyn Manno.
Listed below is a complete schedule of the remaining Notre Dame Football on NBC games during the 2016 Notre Dame Football season.
REMAINING 2016 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC SCHEDULE (all times ET)
|Saturday, November 19||3:30 p.m.||Virginia Tech – Notre Dame||NBC|
NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
All Notre Dame home games are streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app streams all matches via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
NBCSports.com 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.” 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.
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irishblog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.
COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
For the fourth straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central). Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.
SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).
HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – 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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