FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH FACE NAVY IN 2023 SEASON OPENER FROM IRELAND THIS SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC AND PEACOCK
Game Will Be Held at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, as Part of Aer Lingus College Football Classic
The Dan Patrick Show Streaming on Peacock Live from Dublin Starting Tomorrow
Noah Eagle, Jason Garrett, Zora Stephenson and Terry McAulay to Call 2023 Fighting Irish Season Opener
STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 23, 2023 – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the Navy Midshipmen as they kick off the 2023 season this Saturday, Aug. 26, in the college football season opener at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. The matchup marks the third edition of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.
Saturday marks the third time the Fighting Irish and the Midshipmen have played in Dublin and will be the 96th meeting all-time between the two programs. Notre Dame leads the series, 81-13-1, and is on a five-game winning streak dating back to 2017.
The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll. In Marcus Freeman’s first full season as head coach last year, they finished No. 21 in the final College Football Playoff poll with a 9-4 record and notable wins against No. 4 Clemson, No. 16 Syracuse, and No. 19 South Carolina in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The Midshipmen went 4-8 last season, highlighted by a win against No. 20 UCF.
This will be the Fighting Irish’s first game with new quarterback and Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman, who is the ACC’s all-time leader in touchdown passes. Notre Dame returns one 2022 AP All-American, offensive tackle Joe Alt.
NBC Sports’ Noah Eagle (play-by-play) and Jason Garrett (analyst) will call the game along with Zora Stephenson (sideline reporter) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst). Eagle is replacing Jac Collinsworth, who is under the weather and unable to travel. Collinsworth plans to be back next week when the Fighting Irish host Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 2.
NBC Sports’ College Countdown studio team of Maria Taylor, Michael Robinson, Joshua Perry, Matt Cassel, and Nicole Auerbach will host pregame and halftime coverage from NBC Sports’ Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn. This will be the first time that this studio team will work together. Click here for more information about the team.
The Dan Patrick Show, NBC Sports’ daily national sports talk program that streams on Peacock, will be live from Dublin starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. ET to noon ET. Select guests that will appear during the week include comedian and actor Will Ferrell and Jason Garrett, while Patrick himself is expected to be interviewed during Saturday’s game.
The ND on NBC Podcast, hosted by former Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, returns this week and will release weekly episodes/additional content throughout the season. Episodes can be listened to here and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Throughout the 2023 season, Peacock will simulstream all Notre Dame games aired live on NBC, including pre- and postgame coverage as well as exclusively present a matchup for the third consecutive season when the Fighting Irish host Central Michigan on Sat., Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m. ET.
NBC SPORTS ATHLETE DIRECT – NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL FAN CLUB
This Friday, Aug. 25, NBC Sports Athlete Direct – a community linking college student-athletes and advertisers through a trusted platform, enabling student-athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness – will launch a subscription-based student-athlete Fan Club with the Notre Dame Football team. Student-athletes will share in the revenue of all membership sales.
The Fan Club, which gives Fighting Irish fans unprecedented access to their favorite student-athletes and enables fans to support them for a season-long price of $29.99, features exclusive content and perks such as:
- Exclusive players-only podcast
- Virtual meet and greet with student-athletes
- NBC Sports game notes
- Exclusive weekly content from NBC Sports
NBC SPORTS’ 2023 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Sat., Aug. 26
|Navy (in Ireland)
|Sat., Sept. 2
|Sat., Sept. 16
|Sat., Sept. 23
|Sat., Oct. 14
|Sat., Oct. 28
|Sat., Nov. 18
Peacock has previously provided exclusive live coverage of the Notre Dame Football Blue-Gold game, Notre Dame Pro Day and Notre Dame hockey. Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any SVOD service in the United States, featuring live coverage including Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football (beginning in September), and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
This year, NBC Sports and Notre Dame kick off their 33rd season. NBC Sports 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.