Fighting Irish Ranked No. 3 in College Football Playoff Rankings
Mike Tirico, Doug Flutie, and Kathryn Tappen to Call Matchup from South Bend, Ind.
Liam McHugh and Chris Simms Provide Studio Coverage On-Site at Notre Dame Stadium
Ivy League Football on NBCSN – Yale Hosts Brown on Friday at 8 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 1, 2017 – NBC Sports continues its 27th consecutive season of Notre Dame Football on NBC this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, as Heisman Trophy contender RB Josh Adams and the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1) host Wake Forest (5-3) at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
The Fighting Irish improved to 7-1 last Saturday with a 35-14 win over No. 14 NC State. Notre Dame has won six consecutive games, all by at least 20 points. Through eight games, Notre Dame has beaten three opponents in the current CFP rankings: No. 17 USC (7-2), No. 20 NC State (6-2), and No. 24 Michigan State (6-2). The team’s lone defeat of the season was a 20-19 loss to Georgia, currently undefeated and No. 1 in the CFP rankings.
Notre Dame is led by Heisman hopeful Josh Adams, who ran for 202 yards and a touchdown against NC State, including a 77-yarder in the third quarter. Adams ranks fifth nationally with 1,169 rushing yards and first with 5.6 yards per carry after contact, leads the country with seven runs of 60-or-more yards, and has scored a touchdown of at least 70 yards in four consecutive games. Adams led a rushing attack that amassed 318 yards against the Wolfpack’s then sixth-ranked run defense on Saturday, while QB Brandon Wimbush accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Defensively, the Fighting Irish have proven to be one of the stingiest units in the country. Notre Dame’s defense, led by new defensive coordinator and former Wake Forest assistant Mike Elko, has allowed 16.1 points per game, a mark that ranks 10th in the country. The Fighting Irish remain the only team in the FBS to have held every opponent to 20 points or less.
Wake Forest earned its second conference win of the season and improved to 5-3 following a 42-32 victory against Louisville on Saturday. Demon Deacons QB John Wolford completed 28-of-34 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns, tying Riley Skinner (2009) for the most touchdowns passes thrown in a single game in program history.
Saturday’s game on NBC marks the fourth contest between the two programs and the first since Nov. 14, 2015. The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series, 3-0.
The Notre Dame Football on NBC commentary team is led by Mike Tirico, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who serves as lead analyst for Notre Dame Football on NBC, and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen.
Liam McHugh hosts studio coverage of Notre Dame Football on NBC, alongside former college and NFL quarterback Chris Simms. McHugh and Simms anchor pre-game, halftime, and post-game coverage on-site at Notre Dame Stadium this season.
2017 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC
|Saturday, November 4||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest||NBC|
|Saturday, November 18||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Navy||NBC|
BROWN AT YALE – FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN continues its 2017 Ivy League football coverage on Saturday night, when Yale (6-1) hosts Brown (2-5) at 8 p.m. ET. Yale improved to 6-1 following a 23-6 victory over previously unbeaten Columbia on Saturday. The Bulldogs were led by freshman RB Zane Dudek, who rushed 25 times for 173 yards, tying his career high. Brown fell to Penn (3-4), 17-7, on Saturday at home.
Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst), a former NFL offensive lineman and four-year starter at Princeton, will call the action from Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn.
Below is NBC Sports Group’s 2017 Ivy League Football schedule:
2017 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL ON NBCSN
|Friday, November 3||8 p.m.||Brown at Yale||NBCSN|
|Friday, November 10||8 p.m.||Dartmouth vs. Brown*||NBCSN|
|Saturday, November 18||12:30 p.m.||Harvard at Yale||CNBC|
*at Fenway Park in Boston
NBC SPORTS GOLD TO OFFER DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER LIVE STREAMING PRODUCT FOR INTERNATIONAL NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL FANS
NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — is launching an international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass,” giving fans in 13 international countries access to every home game during the 2017 season. The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media, will offer fans abroad coverage of Notre Dame Football home games live and on-demand, available online, as well as on mobile devices and tablets.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Notre Dame Football Season Pass” is available for purchase now for $49.99, and features all home games. The pass is available in 13 countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK. USD or local currency pricing is available. “Notre Dame Football Season Pass” is not available to customers in the U.S. Click here for more information.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide extensive live streaming coverage of the 2017 Notre Dame Football on NBC season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBCSports.com with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Douglas Farmer.
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO
NBC Sports Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult NBCSports.com/chicago for exact air times). NBCSports.com/chicago 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.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–