FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 30th, 2021
NO. 9 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST NO. 7 CINCINNATI IN TOP-10 SHOWDOWN THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 2 AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC AND PEACOCK
Mike Tirico, Drew Brees, Kathryn Tappen and Terry McAulay to Call Matchup
Notre Dame Peacock Postgame to Stream Exclusively on Peacock, Hosted by NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth and Corey Robinson
Irish Pick ‘Em, New NBC Sports Predictor Game Featuring $10,000 Jackpot, Continues this Weekend for Cincinnati-Notre Dame
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 30, 2021 – In a showdown between top-10 teams, the No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) host the No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) this Saturday, Oct. 2, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Drew Brees (game analyst) will call the game along with Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst).
The Fighting Irish defeated then-No. 18 Wisconsin, 41-13, last weekend at Soldier Field. Notre Dame scored 31 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to top the Badgers, highlighted by two interception-return touchdowns and running back Chris Tyree’s 96-yard kickoff-return TD.
Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly was the head coach at Cincinnati from 2007-09, compiling a 34-6 record over three seasons. Saturday marks the first meeting between the schools in over 100 years as they last faced each other on Oct. 20, 1900, when the Fighting Irish topped the Bearcats, 58-0, at home.
Saturday’s matchup marks the third time in Kelly’s tenure that Notre Dame will host a top-10 showdown. The Fighting Irish are 2-0 in the previous games: 47-40 (2OT) against No. 1 Clemson on Nov. 7, 2020, and 38-17 against No. 7 Stanford on Sept. 29, 2018.
Cincinnati, who are coming off a bye last weekend, defeated Indiana, 38-24, on Sept. 18 behind quarterback Desmond Ridder’s 210 passing yards and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). Ridder, who led the Bearcats to an undefeated regular-season and a berth in the Peach Bowl last season, was the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2020.
After the game, Peacock will stream Notre Dame Peacock Postgame, an exclusive post-game show hosted by NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth and Corey Robinson. The show features Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly’s press conference, analysis and commentary.
The ND on NBC Podcast, hosted by Jac Collinsworth, returned last week and will release weekly episodes throughout the season. On the latest episode, Collinsworth speaks with Notre Dame safety Houston Griffith. Episodes are released every Thursday and can be found here.
NBC Sports’ Irish Pick ‘Em, a new free-to-play contest featuring a $10,000 jackpot, continues on the NBC Sports Predictor app for Notre Dame-Cincinnati this weekend.
All remaining Notre Dame home games during the 2021 season will air on NBC and stream on Peacock.
|REMAINING 2021 NBC NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|DATE||TIME (ET)||OPPONENT||WHERE TO WATCH|
|Sat., Oct. 2||2:30 p.m.||Cincinnati||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 23||7:30 p.m.||USC||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Oct. 30||7:30 p.m.||North Carolina||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Nov. 6||3:30 p.m.||Navy||NBC/Peacock|
|Sat., Nov. 20||2:30 p.m.||Georgia Tech||NBC/Peacock|
Notre Dame Football coverage will stream on Peacock Premium. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers. Viewers can sign up at https://www.peacocktv.com/sports/notredame. Peacock is widely available across devices, details here
This year, NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame kick off their 31st season. NBC Sports Group and the University of Notre Dame began their landmark Notre Dame Football relationship in 1991 and have renewed the partnership numerous times. The current agreement runs through the 2025 season.