“Notre Dame is coming off their most comprehensive effort in the season against Purdue.” – Mike Mayock
“What is most impressive about Stanford is how good each player is. They are humble and dedicated – everything you would want your son to be.” – Glenn Parker
NEW YORK (October 6, 2011) – Andrew Luck, Stanford’s celebrated senior quarterback and a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, leads the No. 7 Cardinal (4-0) against Pac-12 newcomers Colorado (1-4) this Saturday night in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS. The game is the second in a NBC Sports Group doubleheader that kicks off on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-2) hosts the Air Force Falcons (3-1).
After a slow start this season, Notre Dame has won three straight games, including a recent 38-10 blowout victory over Purdue on Oct. 1. The Falcons are coming off a thrilling overtime win over Navy (35-34) last weekend. The Colorado Buffaloes have had a rocky start to the season and now face their toughest opponent to date, the undefeated Stanford Cardinal who is looking for its fifth win in a row.
COMMENTATORS – NBC will team commentators Tom Hammond (play-by-play) with Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline reporter) for the Notre Dame coverage. Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker will lead VERSUS’ Pac-12 Conference coverage as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively. They will be joined by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the field as the sideline analyst. NBC and VERSUS will have an analyst reporting from the sidelines for all college football games to provide first-person analysis from the field and interact with the play-by-play and color announcers in the booth.
VERSUS will surround its college football game coverage this weekend with a pre-game studio show, as well as halftime reports and post-game coverage, from NBC’s Football Night in America studio (Studio 8G) at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The pre-game show begins this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and will be hosted by Liam McHugh with 1984 Heisman Trophy-winner Doug Flutie and Super Bowl champion and former NFL tight end Roland Williams serving as studio analysts. NBC will also present a halftime show featuring McHugh and Flutie providing scores and highlights.
WILLIAMS ON ANDREW LUCK: “Andrew Luck is the total package. His ability to take apart man zone defenses already has him pegged as a player that would have an impact in the NFL.”
WILLIAMS ON NOTRE DAME: “Notre Dame looks to continue its momentum after an important road win versus Purdue last week. It seems a few things are clear: the Fighting Irish have found their quarterback in Tommy Rees, and the running game is a viable threat with the emergence of running back Cierre Wood.”
MAYOCK ON AIR FORCE: “An incredibly disciplined and tough Air Force Academy team, their offense is multiple; including an ability to run many forms of options, but also throw the football, with a very talented quarterback in Tim Jefferson. Don’t forget the last time Air Force visited South Bend, they walked out of the stadium with a big win in 2007.”
WILLIAMS ON AIR FORCE: “For Air Force, its opportunity lies in the hands of its senior quarterback Tim Jefferson. Expect Air Force to keep this game close.”
PARKER ON COLORADO: “Coach Embree is bringing a new attitude to Colorado, he has come in saying it will be hard and that he requires discipline and no one will get a free pass, and he is following through on those words. He is drawing a line in the sand for his kids. Embree is making all the right moves for the entire program and for that school.”
NOTRE DAME EXTRA: All of NBC’s Notre Dame games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com. “Notre Dame Extra” features a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player includes picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”
NBC also offers fans live in-game tweets from sideline reporter Alex Flanagan and a live in-game chat from Inside the Irish blogger Keith Arnold. Additionally, fans can also watch live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference. Click on Notre Dame Central at NBCSports.com to access Notre Dame Extra: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25889627/
NOTRE DAME CENTRAL APPS: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can get complete NBC Sports coverage of the Notre Dame 2011 college football season with the Notre Dame Central apps. Users can get free, live access to every NBC Sports broadcast of Notre Dame football games. Plus, the app includes live scores, news, video highlights and much more. The iPhone and iPad updates for the 2011 season will be available prior to the Sept. 3 season opener against South Florida.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE FEATURES – NBCSports.com’s college football coverage will also feature video highlights and features from all of VERSUS’ Mountain West, Pac-12 and Ivy League games. In addition, NBCSports.com will feature online-only analysis from all of the VERSUS’ college football experts.
NBC Sports Group’s College Football Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
DATE GAME TIME
Oct. 22 Notre Dame vs. USC 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 Notre Dame vs. Navy 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 Notre Dame vs. Maryland 7:30 p.m. (FedEx Field in Landover, MD)
Nov. 19 Notre Dame vs. Boston College 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 The State Farm Bayou Classic 2:30 p.m.
· Grambling vs. Southern
Mountain West Conference
DATE GAME TIME
Oct. 22 Air Force at #5 Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 Army at Air Force 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 TCU at #5 Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 UNLV at TCU 2:30 p.m.
DATE GAME TIME
Oct. 15 #7 Stanford at Washington State 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 TBD TBD
Nov. 12 TBD 10:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 TBD 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 TBD 7:30 p.m.
DATE GAME TIME
Oct. 15 Penn at Columbia 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 Yale at Penn 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 Penn at Harvard 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 Harvard at Yale 12:00 p.m.
— NBC Sports Group —