NO. 11 NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH HOST TEXAS LONGHORNS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
Primetime Matchup Kicks Off 25th Season of Notre Dame Football on NBC
Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie and Kathryn Tappen Return to Call Notre Dame on NBC/NBCSN
Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 7 p.m. ET Live on NBCSN from Notre Dame Stadium
Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Jonathan Vilma Host Notre Dame Pre-Game, Halftime and Post-Game Coverage
Stamford, Conn. - Sept. 1, 2015 - QB Malik Zaire and No. 11 Notre Dame kick off the 2015 season when they host QB Tyrone Swoopes and Texas on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Group's 25th season broadcasting Notre Dame Football begins at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBCSN's live pre-game show from Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame heads into the game ranked 11th in the country and looks to build upon the end-of-season momentum the team achieved when it defeated heavily favored LSU in the Music City Bowl last year. Texas is looking to return to national prominence following a 6-7 record in 2014.
Saturday night's primetime matchup marks the 11th time Notre Dame and Texas have played, with the Fighting Irish having won eight of the 10 contests. In addition, Notre Dame (882 total victories) and Texas (881) rank 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on the college football all-time wins list.
Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC) returns as the play-by-play voice this season. Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie) will serve as lead analyst, continuing a role he began at the end of last season. Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen) will manage sideline reporting duties for the second consecutive season.
Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown To Kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. McHugh will be joined by two-time Super Bowl Champion and former University of Georgia QB/WR Hines Ward (@mvp86hinesward), and Super Bowl Champion, BCS National Champion and former University of Miami LB Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51). Vilma is making his debut in the role. McHugh, Ward and Vilma will also manage halftime duties on NBC and post-game coverage on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group's coverage of Notre Dame Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Rob Hyland and Emmy Award-winning director Pierre Moossa.
Listed below is a complete schedule of NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 2015 Notre Dame Football season.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC/NBCSN
DATE TIME OPPONENT LOCATION NETWORK
Sat., Sept. 5 7:30 p.m. Texas South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Sept. 19 3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Sept 26 3:30 p.m. UMass South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Oct. 10 3:30 p.m. Navy South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. USC South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Nov. 14 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest South Bend, Ind. NBC
Sat., Nov. 21 7:30 p.m. Boston College Boston, Mass. NBCSN*
*Shamrock Series game from Fenway Park (All Times ET)
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP
NBC Sports Live Extra - the NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in "slo-mo."
Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams' bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly's press conference.
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.
COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
For the third straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com's popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central). Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Notre Dame Football "Insider" JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.
SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS - Beginning with the team's home/season opener, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).
HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY'S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE - CSNChicago.com will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly's weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend's game, along with detailing his game plan against the team's upcoming opponent. Coach Kelly's weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m. CT.
JOURNEY TO NOTRE DAME - Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with a special, half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin's Journey to Notre Dame presented by U.S. Marines, which chronicles the Providence Catholic standout wide receiver's journey from being a part of a state championship team to joining one of the nation's most-esteemed college football programs.
Narrated by CSN anchor/reporter Chuck Garfien and produced by CSNChicago.com multimedia producer/editor Scott Changnon, along with CSNChicago.com digital producer Mark Strotman, Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin's Journey to Notre Dame will make its Comcast SportsNet TV debut on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM CT and will immediately be made available for online viewing on CSNChicago.com following its on-air premiere, along with an accompanying long-form feature story written by Strotman. Click here for more information.