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Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

NO. 9 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST NO. 6 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES IN TOP TEN SHOWDOWN THIS SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBC AND PEACOCK

QB Taulia Tagovailoa and Maryland Visit Michigan State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

College Countdown Pregame Show from South Bend, Ind., Begins at 3 p.m. ET, Continues at 7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

Maria Taylor Interviews Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Joshua Perry Speaks with Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman, and Notre Dame Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Brown Joins Show Live from South Bend on Saturday’s College Countdown

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 20, 2023 – The No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-0) host the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) in a primetime matchup of undefeated Top 10 teams this Saturday, Sept. 23, from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock, headlining NBC Sports’ college football action this weekend.  College Countdown pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

NBC Sports’ college football coverage this Saturday includes:

7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock: No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish defeated Central Michigan, 41-17, last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. Quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and currently leads the country in touchdown passes (13) and ranks in the top five in passing yards (1,061) and passer rating (217.8). Running back Audric Estime ran for 176 yards and a touchdown against Central Michigan, moving into first place in the nation in rushing yards (521), while wide receivers Chris Tyree and Tobias Meriweather combined for 169 receiving yards and two scores last weekend.

The Buckeyes defeated Western Kentucky, 63-10, last week to move to 3-0 and stay atop the Big Ten East division. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XLI champion Marvin Harrison, hauled in five receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown. QB Kyle McCord passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns while RB TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 88 yards and a pair of scores in the win.

Notre Dame and Ohio State have met a total of seven times, with the Buckeyes leading the all-time series, 5-2. The most recent matchup saw the Buckeyes win, 21-10, in last year’s season-opener on Sept. 3, 2022. This will be the first matchup between the two programs to be held at Notre Dame Stadium since 1996. Ohio State is second all-time in wins with 956 while Notre Dame ranks fourth with 942.

Noah Eagle (play-by-play) and Todd Blackledge (analyst) will call Ohio State-Notre Dame, along with Kathryn Tappen (sideline reporter) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst).

NBC Sports’ College Countdown studio team of Maria Taylor, Michael Robinson, Joshua Perry, Matt Cassel, Ahmed Fareed, and Nicole Auerbach will host pregame (7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock) and halftime coverage on-site from Notre Dame Stadium. They will also host pregame coverage of Maryland-Michigan State from South Bend at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Headlining College Countdown on Saturday, Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown joins live from South Bend, Maria Taylor interviews Marvin Harrison, Jr., and Joshua Perry speaks with Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman. Additionally, a Pro Football Hall of Famer will continue NBC Sports’ new tradition and bang the Saturday Night drum pregame. Prior “drummers” include Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons, former NFL running back LaMont Jordan, and Purdue basketball player and consensus National Player of the Year Zach Edey.

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.

3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock: Maryland at Michigan State

The Maryland Terrapins (3-0) visit the Michigan State Spartans (2-1) at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Maryland defeated Virginia, 42-14, at home last weekend, scoring 42 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. QB Taulia Tagovailoa – the brother of Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa – passed for 342 yards and a touchdown and leads the Big Ten in passing yards (889) this season.

Michigan State looks to rebound after falling to No. 8 Washington, 41-7, last weekend.

Maryland at Michigan State will be called by Jac Collinsworth (play-by-play), Jason Garrett (analyst) and Zora Stephenson (sidelines). Former Big Ten referee Reggie Smith serves as the rules analyst.

NBC Sports’ FBS college football games announced to date:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Platform
Sat., Sept. 23 3:30 p.m. Maryland at Michigan State NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 23 7:30 p.m. No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Sept. 30 3:30 p.m. Illinois at Purdue Peacock
Sat., Sept. 30 7:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa NBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. No. 5 USC at No. 9 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 28 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 9 Notre Dame NBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 11 7:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 6 Ohio State NBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 18 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 9 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. Throughout the 2023 season, Peacock simulstreams all Notre Dame games aired live on NBC, including pre- and postgame coverage and the platform exclusively presented a matchup for the third consecutive season when the Fighting Irish defeated Central Michigan on Sat., Sept. 16.

Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any streamer in the United States, featuring live coverage including Big Ten Football, Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, and much more.  Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.

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