Apr 25, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT
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.
Jul 30, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
In incoming freshman Sam Mustipher, offensive line coach Harry Hiestand found himself another interior offensive lineman who looks the part of a future starter. Irish A-to-Z looks closer at the Maryland native.
Jul 29, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Say this for Nyles Morgan: He’s not one to shy away from expectations. When the freshman linebacker takes the field when training camp opens next week at Culver Military Academy, he’ll be wearing No. 5, last seen on Notre Dame’s most decorated defender ever. Irish A-to-Z continues with one of the Irish’s most prized recruits from the 2014 cycle.
Jul 29, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT
One of four fifth-year players on the Irish roster, Kendall Moore has been a part of the Notre Dame football program for a long time. Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at a veteran linebacker who is likely relegated to special teams in 2014.
Jul 28, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT
Notre Dame’s inexperienced tight end depth chart has taken a hit. A report by Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune revealed that sophomore tight end Mike Heuerman is working his way back from hernia surgery and won’t be ready for the start of fall camp.
Jul 28, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT
If Brian Kelly’s first order of business recruiting offensive linemen was to get bigger, longer and more athletic prospects, he took an old school approach when he signed sophomore John Montelus. Irish A-to-Z continues with the Irish’s physical guard no longer wearing a redshirt.
Jul 27, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
It didn’t take long for Brian VanGorder to put his stamp on the Notre Dame defense. And before he coached a single game or practice for Brian Kelly, VanGorder went out and identified freshman defensive tackle Pete Mokwuah. Irish A-to-Z continues as we profile the Staten Island native.
Jul 26, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT
Notre Dame will continue to recruit Chicago for top football talent. And in sophomore Colin McGovern, the Irish landed one of the area’s top offensive linemen. Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at one of the bigger surprises on the Irish roster.
Jul 24, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT
Notre Dame broke the mold when they signed offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey. With a body better suited for Mike Brey’s hardwood, the Philadelphia native looked like a developmental project when he pledged his commitment to Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at Notre Dame’s starting right tackle.
Jul 24, 2014, 3:54 PM EDT
Wide receiver Will Mahone, whose future at Notre Dame is still uncertain, was sentenced to 10 days in Mahoning County jail on Wednesday stemming from an arrest in June. Mahone has been indefinitely suspended from the football team by Brian Kelly and is not enrolled at the university.
Jul 23, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT
Against just about all odds, senior Cam McDaniel led the Irish in rushing in 2013. Our latest installment in the Irish A-to-Z looks at the veteran running back, who now battles sophomores Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston for carries.
Jul 23, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
In case you haven’t been following along on social media, the installation of Notre Dame’s new synthetic surface is nearly complete. With the team from FieldTurf working this week to lay down the playing field, the Irish will have a playable field to practice on when camp begins on August 4
Jul 22, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT
A recruiting cycle before Notre Dame went hunting late for big bodies to play along the defensive line, they signed a player who might be able to fit that mold in 2014. Fresh off a redshirt, Jacob Matuska has the chance to add some much needed size and strength to Brian VanGorder’s defensive line.
Jul 22, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
The founding member of the 2014 recruiting class, linebacker Greer Martini enters a football program that looks decidedly different than the one he committed to back in July of 2012. Irish A-to-Z continues as we look at the freshman inside linebacker.
Jul 21, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT
No, he’s not his brother. But center Nick Martin should solidify his standing as one of the top centers in the country in 2014. After an injury ended his debut season in the starting lineup early, Martin returns healthy after knee surgery, giving Notre Dame a key anchor in the middle of Harry Hiestand’s offensive line.
Jul 21, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
After losing Troy Niklas and Alex Welch from the depth chart, Notre Dame needed to restock a position that’s been very kind to the Irish over the past few years. Irish A-to-Z continues with freshman tight end Tyler Luatua.
Jul 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT
A year after contributing as a freshman, Cole Luke’s assignment will be a bit more ambitious in 2014. One of three cornerbacks who is expected to play major minutes, Irish A-to-Z continues with the sophomore cover man.
Jul 19, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
One of four graduate students on the Irish roster, Christian Lombard feels like he’s been a part of the Notre Dame football program for a long time. As one of Charlie Weis’ earliest commitments in the 2010 class, Lombard has seen coaching changes, position switches and injury challenges in his five years in South Bend.
Jul 19, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT
After two underwhelming seasons in South Bend, Ben Koyack finally emerged as a legitimate threat late last season. And with Troy Niklas’ unexpected departure to the NFL, Koyack has a chance to be the next in a line of impressive tight ends playing on Sundays. The Irish A-to-Z continues with a look at Notre Dame’s starting tight end.