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Thursday, October 21st, 2021
NO. 13 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH & USC RENEW “GREATEST INTERSECTIONAL RIVALRY” THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 23 IN PRIMETIME AT 7:30 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 USC-Notre Dame
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 21, 2021 – No. 13 Notre Dame (5-1) and USC (3-3) renew the “the greatest intersectional rivalry” in college football as the Fighting Irish host the Trojans in primetime this Saturday, Oct. 23, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
In a rivalry that dates back to 1926, the Fighting Irish hold the all-time series advantage over the Trojans, 49-37-5. Notre Dame has won the past three matchups vs. USC, including a 30-27 victory during the Trojans’ last trip to South Bend in 2019.
Notre Dame and USC, who have played some of the most famous games in college football history, have combined to win 22 consensus national championships (11 each) and have had a combined 13 Heisman Trophy winners. In 2011, Notre Dame Stadium hosted the first Notre Dame on NBC primetime game with a Notre Dame-USC rivalry matchup.
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, who are coming off a bye last weekend, beat Virginia Tech on the road, 32-29, on Oct. 9. Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams scored two touchdowns and the Fighting Irish won on a 48-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Jonathan Doerer with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Head coach Brian Kelly is 7-3 against USC in his Notre Dame career.
USC, who are also coming off their bye week, look to bounce back from a 42-26 defeat to Utah on Oct. 9 as quarterback Kedon Slovis passed for 401 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Drake London, one of the top wide receivers in the country, caught 16 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown against Utah, his fourth straight game with 130+ receiving yards. The Trojans are 2-2 since naming Donte Williams interim head coach on Sept. 13 following the firing of Clay Helton.
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 running back Chris Tyree. 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-USC 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. 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 kicked 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.