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Notre Dame sets home kickoff times for 2014

Feb 21, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

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Notre Dame has set the home kickoff times for 2014. And before Michigan goes off the Irish schedule for the immediate future, they’ll play one more time in primetime.

The evening kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium is the highlight of the home 2014 slate, with the Irish also playing their Shamrock Series game against Purdue at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Lucas Oil Stadium. Notre Dame will welcome ACC opponents North Carolina and Louisville.

They’ll also play for the Quiz Bowl with visits from Stanford and Northwestern. Capping the schedule off is a visit the defending national champions in Florida State in mid-October, before ending the season in Los Angeles against USC.

Here is a quick rundown of the complete Notre Dame schedule for next season:

Aug. 30 — RICE — 3:30pm ET, NBC
Sept. 6 — MICHIGAN — 7:30pm ET, NBC
Sept. 13 — Purdue* — 7:30pm ET, NBC
Sept. 27 — at Syracuse** — TBD, ABC/ESPN
Oct. 4 — STANFORD — 3:30pm ET, NBC
Oct. 11 — NORTH CAROLINA — 3:30pm ET, NBC
Oct. 18 — at Florida State — TBD, ABC/ESPN
Nov. 1 — at Navy*** — TBD, CBS
Nov. 8 — at Arizona State — TBD, TBD
Nov. 15 — NORTHWESTERN — 3:30pm ET, NBC
Nov. 22 — LOUISVILLE — 3:30pm ET, NBC
Nov. 29 — at USC — TBD, TBD

* Shamrock Series game at Lucas Oil Stadium
** Game played at Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
*** Game played at FedEx Field, Landover MD

A few notes to think about before we get closer to these games actually happening. You can all but expect USC to be played in the evening, with a 5pm PST kickoff becoming the tradition.

Also, it’s interesting to note that the game at Arizona State, the home game that former Sun Devil athletic director Steve Patterson found desperately for, doesn’t currently have a network assignment. With ASU expected to be a solid team again under Todd Graham, this will likely be an ABC/ESPN game. But it could also find its way to the Pac-12 Network, a channel with really mediocre distribution right now.

What’s already clear is that the Irish will play one of the more difficult schedules in the country, stepping into the College Football Playoff era with quite a challenge in front of them.


  1. dudeacow - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    What makes this the hardest schedule in the country isn’t the amount of top teams on it, but the lack of bad ones. The easiest game will be against Purdue, which for anyone else would be a normal conference game or a solid out of conference game. Teams like Florida play elite teams, but also play Georgia State and Toledo.

    • runners00 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM


      • dudeacow - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        No thanks, I prefer mashed potatoes.

      • dudeacow - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Rice won 10 games last year including C-USA. They return something like 18 or 19 starters.

  2. mediocrebob - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    More night games! As many as NBC will allow!

  3. rossumnminor - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    So hoke will have gone 2-2 vs ND during his time in Ann Arbor.

  4. NotreDan - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I bet Michigan State is REALLY happy about our schedule.

    • NotreDan - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Also, all the home games are 3:30 P or 7:30 P… leaves time for breakfast, lunch, and occasionally dinner at the tailgate. Woo!

    • bearcatirishfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Yeah for some reason Kelly really does seem to have dantonios number. I know little giants but really except for 2012 on paper we should probably be 1 for 4. Although I have always credited this to the fact that MSU doesnt’t play a real football game before ND most years. I always thought their propensity to play Florida Atlantic and who gives a care U before ND worked in our favor.

  5. onward2victory - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Anyone else see North Carolina as a trap game? Smashed in between Stanford and FSU… I might break my TV if Elijah Hood runs all over our D.

    Overall, this is a daunting schedule. Hope they can just take it one game at a time! Go Irish!

    • gtizzo - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Every game is a trap game when Notre Dame is involved. ND gets through that slate with one loss I can’t imagine a scenario where the don’t make the playoff. Home against Stanford and Michigan, on the road against FSU and USC.

  6. yaketyyacc - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    tough schedule. in other words, a typical Notre Dame lineup. work hard Irish, you have the tools(the teams to be played). use them to make the final product a visit to the playoffs. thanks for the info Keith

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Agreed but don’t we usually lose to UM when we’re supposed to win?

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Sooty this was for bearcat below.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Jeez I meant sorry……..going back to bed now.

      • bearcatirishfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Jersey that’s what I meant by focused also I said should be instead of could easily be 4 and 0 because in all my years of fandom have taught me is there is nothing easy.

  7. bearcatirishfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Looking at this schedule if this team is focused could easily start 4and 0 then it gets really serious.

  8. cpfirish - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    So what’s the word with the field turf? Does anybody know anything about that..

    • kansasirish - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Swarbrick said they’re not going to announce the decision until after graduation….my gut says it’s going to be field turf. At least that’s what I’m hoping for.

  9. fnc111 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM


    ND dominated MSU in 2012 and 2011. The games weren’t even competitive. I don’t get the on paper comment. On the field and on paper ND was far an away better than MSU those two seasons.

    • bearcatirishfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      All I meant by that is if you listened to all the pre game chatter and known/ unknown players one their respective rosters I. E. paper Notre dame was not supposed to win those games. Has nothing due with what actually happened on the field. You could even make that argument for 2012 except of all the overrated MSU teams that was the most overrated.

  10. fnc111 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    There is no way in hell an ND ASU game is going to the PACN. Even if ND is stinking up the joint next season espn will be jumping all over that game.

  11. 25kgold - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM


  12. ndirish10 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Shembo finally talked…

    • bernhtp - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Shembo talked some, but not much. It will be interesting to see if the Seeberg tragedy resurfaces into a big story, e.g., an episode of ESPN “Outside the Lines.” If so, it will give haters another opportunity to hate despite despite the evidence to the contrary. We certainly saw that with the Manti hoax where they continued to accuse him of perpetrating the fraud long after overwhelming evidence came forth that he was the victim.

      If I had to bet, the story will get bigger before it ultimately dies the ignominious death it deserves (no offense to poor Lizzy).

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