Fighting Irish Look to Continue Their Run to College Football Playoff
First Football Game at Fenway Park Since 1968
NBCSN’s First-Ever Notre Dame Football Telecast
Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie and Kathryn Tappen to Call Shamrock Series Matchup
Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 7 p.m. ET Live on NBCSN
Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Jonathan Vilma Manage Pre-Game, Halftime and Post-Game Coverage On-Site at Fenway Park
Harvard – Yale, With Ivy League Title on The Line, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 19, 2015 – The No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to continue their run to the College Football Playoff when they host the Boston College Eagles this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, in the 2015 Shamrock Series from historic Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. Serving as NBCSN’s first-ever Notre Dame Football telecast, coverage of Boston College – Notre Dame begins at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBCSN’s live pre-game show.
Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC) calls Saturday’s game alongside analyst, 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner and former Boston College QB Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie), and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen). Flutie will call the game following the loss of his parents on Wednesday morning.
Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown to Kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, on-site at Fenway Park. McHugh will be joined by two-time Super Bowl Champion and former University of Georgia QB/WR Hines Ward (@mvp86hinesward), and Super Bowl Champion, BCS National Champion and former University of Miami LB Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51). McHugh, Ward and Vilma will also manage halftime and post-game duties.
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer and the Fighting Irish (9-1) enter Saturday’s game as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, following a 28-7 victory against Wake Forest. Coming off a bye week, Boston College QB John Fadule and the Eagles (3-7) will visit Fenway following a 24-8 loss against North Carolina State two weeks ago.
Saturday night’s matchup will be the first college football game played at Fenway Park since 1968, and will mark the 23rd time Boston College and Notre Dame will face each other, with the series dating back to 1975. The Fighting Irish and Eagles last met in 2012, when Notre Dame defeated Boston College 21-6 at Alumni Stadium, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Notre Dame has won the last four games vs. Boston College and holds an edge in the all-time series, boasting a 13-9 record. Prior to that, Boston College had won the contest six times in a row.
The game serves as the seventh edition of the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame’s annual off-site home game. The Fighting Irish are 6-0 in the Shamrock Series, and have outscored their opponents 220-89 in the previous six Shamrock Series matchups.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Rob Hyland and Emmy Award-winning director Pierre Moossa.
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP
NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”
Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.
NBCSports.com will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.
COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
For the third straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central). Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.
SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).
HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – CSNChicago.com 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.
HARVARD AT YALE – SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present “The Game,” one of college football’s most historic rivalries, this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET, when the Yale Bulldogs host the Harvard Crimson with the Ivy League title on the line.
Harvard enters “The Game” with an 8-1 record, coming off a 35-25 loss to Penn last weekend. The loss snapped the Crimson’s 22 game win-streak. The defending Ivy League champions are tied for first place in this year’s Ivy standings, and can earn at least a share of the 2015 Ivy League crown with a win on Saturday. Yale sits in fourth in the Ivy League standings at 6-3, and enters the game following a 35-28 win against Princeton.
Saturday’s matchup marks the 132nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Yale leads the all-time series with a 65-58-8 record, but the Crimson have won the last eight contests with the Bulldogs.
Paul Burmeister (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Carolyn Manno (sideline reporter) will call the action from the Yale Bowl, in New Haven, CT.
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