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USC under the lights, as home kickoffs are announced

Apr 25, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

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The University of Notre Dame announced home kickoff times for the upcoming 2013 season yesterday, the highlight being another prime time affair against USC. NBC will broadcast all six home games nationally, and will also handle the broadcast for the Shamrock Series game in Cowboys Stadium, where they’ll take on Arizona State.

The rest of the home slate includes traditional opponents Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State and Navy. Those opponents (minus the Midshipmen) might not be too traditional before long, as Notre Dame’s scheduling agreement with the ACC could put a halt to some of those arrangements.

Here is the 2013 schedule, updated with locked kickoff times (all times EST, home games in CAPS):

August 31 — TEMPLE — 3:30 p.m. — NBC
September 7 — at Michigan — TBD — ABC/ESPN (Night game)
September 14 — at Purdue — TBD — ABC/ESPN
September 21 — MICHIGAN STATE — 3:30 p.m. — NBC
September 28 — OKLAHOMA — 3:30 p.m. — NBC
October 5 — Arizona State — 7:30 p.m. — NBC (At Cowboys Stadium)
October 19 — USC — 7:30 p.m. — NBC
October 26 — at Air Force — TBD — CBS Sports Network
November 2 — NAVY — 3:30 p.m.  — NBC
November 9 — at Pittsburgh — TBD — ABC/ESPN
November 23 — BYU — 3:30 p.m. — NBC
November 30 — at Stanford — TBD — FOX

The biggest announcement in all of this is that it’ll be USC that plays at night at Notre Dame again while Oklahoma will play during the traditional afternoon slot.

For those hoping for a different outcome, I’d like to remind you of some comments from USC athletic director Pat Haden, who complained about this time slot the last time they played at night.

“We won’t get back until three or four in the morning,” Haden said back in April of 2011. “That could be a long week for our players.”

(Nevermind that ND-USC in Southern California has become a standing date for an evening kickoff, making the trip much harder for Notre Dame as they return west to east and flying through the night.)

Here are a few additional thoughts as the schedule comes into focus.

* Another night game at Michigan could be a really exciting early date on the schedule. It should also be looked at as Everett Golson’s chance at revenge after his horrible outing against the Wolverines last season.

The early date also likely means Michigan will be without one of its best defenders as linebacker Jake Ryan tore his ACL during spring workouts. A few weeks ago head coach Brady Hoke optimistically pegged Ryan’s return for mid-October.

* Getting out of the gates early for the Irish will be as important as its ever been. While getting Temple and new head coach Matt Rhule is a nice opener, from there it’s non-stop until a well deserved bye week after Arizona State.

Last year, the Irish struggled facing Purdue, who was breaking in new defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. They’ll have that to contend with that when Rhule makes his Temple debut in South Bend and Darrell Hazell reboots the Purdue program. Getting tape on Rhule should be quite a challenge.

* Do yourself a favor now. Check and make sure you’re getting the CBS Sports Network. That’s who’s handling the Air Force game, and while the network has a fairly wide distribution platform, it’s still not on most basic cable packages.

* Maybe it’s just me, but I’m loving the season finale in California. It’s always incredible to see how many Notre Dame fans show up in Southern California for the USC game. Having been to Stanford a few times, it’s only a matter of time before that trip becomes just as mandatory for die-hard Irish alums as well.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Can’t wait ! Will be attending seven games this year (all the games in ND stadium and one at UM) should be good times. Let’s go Irish !

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      • jthammerstix - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

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  2. mdp44 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Here in TX, have they started selling tickets for the game in Dallas?

    • stedward - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      The alumni ticket lottery went out recently, which included that game.

  3. mdp44 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Last game I went to was when it was in San Antonio

  4. whitdog23 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    tickets for the game in dallas go on sale the day before the game

  5. steincj36 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Don’t care about CBSN as I can see Falcon Stadium from my backyard! Thank God alum away tickets are easy to get!

  6. stedward - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I wasn’t really impressed with the FOX/FX college football coverage last year but it may get better. Who knows who we will get on CBS sports network. That stupid cable package I pay for will finally be justified with the Air Force game. Not having Musburger and Herbstreit for most of the away games is a plus. They would probably only do the Michigan game.

  7. bernhtp - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Keith: While Stanford has been good for about the last decade and we have a growing football rivalry between two elite academic institutions, it is still a far cry from the ND-USC game tradition that includes numerous national championships on the line, not to mention many generations of bitter hatred. USC is still the game and the rivalry and will be for a very long, long time.

    • kapnd73 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      One thumbs down for the pedantry. I’m pretty sure Keith is well aware of the long-standing, bitter rivalry.

      • bernhtp - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        The flavor of Keith’s post made Stanford a peer of USC in terms of a must-see away game.

        “It’s always incredible to see how many Notre Dame fans show up in Southern California for the USC game. Having been to Stanford a few times, it’s only a matter of time before that trip becomes just as mandatory for die-hard Irish alums as well.”

        While Stanford will likely again be better than USC this year, the Kiffin era will end soon and we will have nothing else on our minds but beating USC.

  8. raidergreg2000 - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Go Buckeyes!!

    • papadec - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Go to Hell – you think the last round of ncaa sanctions hurt? Wait until the next round, with the “new” leadership.

  9. 25kgold - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Golson is a future first round pick: Yea [] or Nay []

    Who’s ND’s next first rounder?

    • heisenbyrg - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Nix. Maybe Tuitt and maybe Z. Martin, if he projects as a tackle in the NFL.

      • bernhtp - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Nix will probably be a first round pick if he stays healthy and has at least as good a year as last.

        I hope (and expect) Tuitt to stick around another year to graduate.

        ZMartin is very good, but he’s not considered an elite OT (look at this year’s draft). My guess is second round if he keeps it up.

  10. ajw21 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Nay on Golson being 1st rounder but I think he will be a very good college qb. I think Nix & Tuitt will go 1st round. I see Jackson going round 2-3 next year.
    Go Irish!

  11. 25kgold - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I hate when people ASSume that ND and it’s players are not good or “elite” just b/c of the national championship game!!!! That’s about to change boys! hang on to your hats!

    • onward2victory - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      25kgold – Totally agree. I mean Bama had 2 lottery pick O lineman plus the highly touted Barrett Jones AND the best RB of this draft class. It’s not that ND had subpar talent, it’s just that Bama had an insane O line. It’s actually surprising they didn’t rush for 500 yards a game.

      And for the record I think Nix and Tuitt will both be top 15 picks next year. Tuitt is a freak.

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