WHO? Notre Dame vs. Temple. The Irish finished 4-8 last season while the Owls went 10-4 to win the American Athletic Conference.
WHAT? The season opener for both teams will either allow Notre Dame a chance to finally move past the 2016 debacle or give Temple great reason to believe it can repeat as conference champions in coach Geoff Collins’ debut season.
WHEN? 3:30 p.m. ET. For those students already studying abroad in London, that will be 8:30 p.m. Admittedly, kickoff will be a little bit after the mid-hour chime. Estimate that delay at 12 minutes.
WHERE? Notre Dame Stadium, but if you are not among that crowd, tune in to NBC. If not near a television, head to http://ndstream.nbcsports.com/. Oh, you’re not going to be at a computer, then try the NBC Sports App on your handy mobile device.
If you cannot watch the game live and want to enjoy it in full later on, this should deliver you to the nirvana Jerry Seinfeld could not find in his eponymous series’ pilot: http://stream.nbcsports.com/notre-dame/?pid=35040
WHY? An idealist would tell you this is what is done in the United States on fall Saturdays, especially when the temperature is in the low-70s and the sun is shining, as is expected at Notre Dame today. A cynic would quote two definitions from Ambrose Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary” —
ACADEME, n. An ancient school were morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
A Notre Dame fan would tell you it has been 280 days since the Irish played and 294 days since they won a game.
BY HOW MUCH? Notre Dame 34, Temple 20.
THIS WEEK’S INSIDE THE IRSH READING:
— Monday Morning Leftovers: Stanford, USC QB Darnold & Notre Dame’s spread
— Questions for the Week: Eligibility, eligibility and who will Temple start at QB?
— Notre Dame’s Opponents: Upcoming spreads, some predictions
— Gilman denied immediate eligibility; Alizé Mack healthy; Depth chart notes
— A possible Notre Dame three-back attack fits with Long’s past
— Three defensive tenets will define Notre Dame’s and Elko’s success
— And In That Corner … The Temple Owls, defending American Athletic Conference champions
— Things To Learn from Notre Dame hosting Temple
— ‘The best-prepared team’ Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly has had in a long time
— Friday at 4: Four key statistical tidbits and a $4 cost
THIS WEEK’S OUTSIDE READING:
— ESPN The Magazine features USC junior quarterback Sam Darnold
— Only 10 teams can claim more than 50 percent of their roster were four- and five-star recruits
— A long-ago column on the dichotomy between two boxing matches on one Sept. 2011 night
— College Football Hall of Famer Bob Crable (Irish linebacker, 1978-81) will be honored today
— A profile of the man in charge of the video board, Mike Bonner
— Four statistics to take note of in college football
— What happened to Michigan State football?
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