FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
NO. 9 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH & USC RENEW “GREATEST INTERSECTIONAL RIVALRY” ON SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, Chris Simms, Kathryn Tappen and Terry McAulay to Call Matchup
Liam McHugh to Host Halftime Coverage with Simms On-Site at Notre Dame Stadium
“USC may be unranked right now, but this is a rivalry game. Part of what makes rivalries great in college football is the idea of the spoiler.” – Liam McHugh
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 9, 2019 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019 Notre Dame Football season continues this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when QB Ian Book and the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-1) host the USC Trojans (3-2) from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
In what is regarded as the “greatest intersectional rivalry” in college football, Notre Dame leads the all-time series, which began in 1926, 48-37-5. The Fighting Irish have won the past two meetings, including a 49-14 victory during the Trojans’ last visit to South Bend in 2017.
NBC Sports’ Notre Dame Football commentary team of Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (analyst), Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter), and Terry McAulay (rules analyst) will call the game. NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh will host studio coverage alongside Chris Simms, who will also serve as an in-game sideline analyst.
“USC may be unranked right now, but this is a rivalry game,” said McHugh. “Part of what makes rivalries great in college football is the idea of the spoiler. Notre Dame is right there in the middle of the College Football Playoff conversation, and USC has a chance to come into Notre Dame Stadium this weekend and ruin the Fighting Irish’s playoff hopes.”
The Fighting Irish improved to 4-1 following a 52-0 home win over Bowling Green last week. Book completed 16 of 20 passes for 261 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions, becoming the first quarterback in school history with five touchdown passes in one half of a game. The victory marked Notre Dame’s 14th consecutive win at Notre Dame Stadium, the school’s longest streak since 1987-90, when the Fighting Irish won 19 straight at home.
USC enters the week with a 3-2 record and looks to rebound from a 28-14 loss at Washington. Earlier this season, the Trojans upset then-No. 10 Utah, 30-23.
DT Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, whose cousin is Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, will be featured during this week’s halftime show, providing behind-the-scenes access into his life as a student athlete preparing for the weekend’s game.
REMAINING 2019 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC SCHEDULE
|Sat., Oct. 12||7:30 p.m.||vs. USC|
|Sat., Nov. 2||2:30 p.m.||vs. Virginia Tech|
|Sat., Nov. 16||2:30 p.m.||vs. Navy|
|Sat., Nov. 23||2:30 p.m.||vs. Boston College|
NBC SPORTS GOLD TO OFFER DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER LIVE STREAMING PRODUCT FOR INTERNATIONAL NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL FANS
NBC Sports Gold’s international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass” is available now, giving fans in 13 countries access to every Fighting Irish home game during the 2019 season. The direct-to-consumer pass will offer fans abroad comprehensive coverage of seven Notre Dame football home games live and on-demand, available online at NBCSportsGold.com and via the NBC Sports Gold app on Apple iOS and Android.
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 2019 season. The pass is available in 13 countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK. USD or EUR 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 2019 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 2019 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.
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