Monday, August 28th, 2023


Big Ten Champion Michigan Hosts East Carolina Exclusively on Peacock This Saturday at Noon ET

Penn State Hosts West Virginia in Primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock in B1G Saturday Night Opener

Notre Dame (1-0) Hosts Tennessee State in Home Opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

B1G College Countdown Studio Show Makes On-Campus Debut at Penn State

NBC Sports’ 2023 College Football Schedule Features 31 FBS Games, Big Ten’s First Dedicated Weekly Broadcast Primetime Game & 10 Peacock-Exclusive Games

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 28, 2023 – Three of college football’s Top 13 teams – Associated Press No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 13 Notre Dame – headline NBC Sports’ first-ever college football tripleheader this Saturday, Sept. 2 on NBC and Peacock.

NBC Sports kicks off its new Big Ten Football partnership this Saturday with games at Penn State and Michigan, bookending 1-0 Notre Dame’s second game of the season. In addition, NBC Sports’ B1G College Countdown makes its on-campus debut at Penn State.

NBC Sports’ college football coverage this Saturday includes:

    • At Noon ET, exclusively on Peacock, the Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines open at “The Big House” against the East Carolina Pirates;
    • At 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock, Notre Dame hosts the Tennessee State Tigers in the Fighting Irish’s first game of the season at Notre Dame Stadium;
    • At 7:30 p.m. ET, on NBC and Peacock, the Penn State Nittany Lions, Rose Bowl winners this past winter, host the West Virginia Mountaineers at Beaver Stadium in the primetime debut of B1G Saturday Night.


Noon ET Exclusively on Peacock: East Carolina at Michigan

NBC Sports’ Big Ten package kicks off this Saturday at Noon ET exclusively on Peacock as Michigan hosts East Carolina from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines won the Big Ten in 2022, their second consecutive conference title, following a 13-1 season which culminated with a 51-45 loss to the No. 2 TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The Wolverines, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll, return quarterback J.J. McCarthy, and the running back duo of Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards to a team that finished fifth in rushing and 24th in total offense last season. Michigan’s defense ranked sixth in the FBS in 2022, allowing 292.1 yards per game.

East Carolina enters 2023 following an 8-5 season which concluded with a win over the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the Birmingham Bowl.

East Carolina at Michigan will be called by Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Chris Simms (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines). Terry McAulay serves as the rules analyst.


Tennessee State at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

Following their season-opening 42-3 win over Navy in Dublin last weekend, Notre Dame (1-0) hosts Tennessee State in their 2023 home opener on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

The Fighting Irish topped Navy last Saturday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. In his first start under center for Notre Dame, QB Sam Hartman threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns, while running back Audric Estime had 121 total yards (95 rushing, 26 receiving) and a touchdown.

Tennessee State finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference last season, and begins its third season under head coach, College Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George (Ohio State).

Tennessee State at Notre Dame will be called by Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Jason Garrett (analyst), and Zora Stephenson (sidelines). Former Big Ten referee Reggie Smith serves as rules analyst. Burmeister is filling in for Jac Collinsworth, who is under the weather.


B1G Saturday Night, 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock: West Virginia at Penn State

No. 7 Penn State hosts West Virginia in the debut of NBC Sports’ B1G Saturday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET from Beaver Stadium in State College, Penn. Saturday’s game marks the schools’ 50th meeting, but first since 1992. The Nittany Lions and Mountaineers played this heated rivalry 31 times between 1960-92.

Last season, Penn State finished third in the Big Ten with an 11-2 record, and topped the Utah Utes, 35-21, in the Rose Bowl.

The Nittany Lions’ offense is expected to be led by sophomore quarterback Drew Allar, a five-star recruit coming out of high school who was ranked as the top quarterback prospect (and No. 3 overall) in the country by in 2022. Running back Nicholas Singleton posted a Penn State freshman record with 12 rushing touchdowns last season as Singleton (1,061 yards) and Kaytron Allen (867) became the first true freshman teammates in Big Ten history with 700 or more rushing yards each in a single season.

Last season, West Virginia finished ninth in the Big 12.

West Virginia at Penn State will be called by NBC Sports’ B1G Saturday Night team of Noah Eagle (play-by-play), former Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge (analyst) in his NBC Sports debut, and Kathryn Tappen (sidelines). Terry McAulay serves as the rules analyst.


B1G College Countdown on NBC and Peacock

Saturday marks the on-campus debut of NBC Sports’ B1G College Countdown studio show, featuring host Maria Taylor, analysts Matt CasselJoshua Perry, and Michael Robinson, co-host Ahmed Fareed, and the NBC Sports debut of college football insider Nicole Auerbach live from Penn State’s Beaver Stadium.

Each week, College Countdown will capture college football’s unique gameday atmosphere by providing pre-game and halftime commentary from the site of that week’s primetime game – 11 Big Ten and two Notre Dame games. The show will also provide pre-game and halftime content for NBC Sports’ college football afternoon games throughout the season on NBC and Peacock.

NBC Sports’ FBS college football games announced to date:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Platform
Sat., Sept. 2 Noon East Carolina at No. 2 Michigan Peacock
Sat., Sept. 2 3:30 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 13 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 2 7:30 p.m. West Virginia at No. 7 Penn State NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9 Noon Delaware at No. 7 Penn State Peacock
Sat., Sept. 9 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Maryland NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 16 2:30 p.m. Central Michigan at No. 13 Notre Dame Peacock
Sat., Sept. 16 5 p.m. No. 10 Washington at Michigan State Peacock
Sat., Sept. 16 7:30 p.m. Syracuse at Purdue NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 23 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Ohio State at No. 13 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. No. 6 USC at No. 13 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 28 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 13 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 11 7:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State NBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 18 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 13 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Fri., Nov. 24 7:30 p.m. No. 7 Penn State at Michigan State (Ford Field) NBC, Peacock


The remaining NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football games will be announced during the season, with each matchup typically announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game date.

NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football package features Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC and Peacock – marking the first time ever that Big Ten Football will have a dedicated weekly primetime game on a national broadcast network – and nine exclusive games on Peacock.

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.