Feb. 7, 2006

The University of Notre Dame has announced kickoff times for its seven home football games for the 2006 season:

Date Opponent Time Television
Sept. 9 PENN STATE 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC national
Sept. 16 MICHIGAN 3:30 p.m. EDT NBC national
Sept. 30 PURDUE 2:30 p.m. EDT NBC national
Oct. 7 STANFORD 2:30 p.m. EDT NBC national
Oct. 21 UCLA 2:30 p.m. EDT NBC national
Nov. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 2:30 p.m. EST NBC national
Nov. 18 ARMY 2:30 p.m. EST NBC national

NBC Sports will televise all seven home games nationally from Notre Dame Stadium.

Michigan, Purdue and Stanford all last played at Notre Dame in 2004. Penn State will be making its first trip to South Bend since 1992 and its eighth visit to South Bend overall. UCLA will be playing at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1964 — with trips to South Bend in 1963 and ’64 marking its only previous games against the Irish. North Carolina has made 10 previous trips to Notre Dame Stadium – the first in 1950 and the last in 1971. Army has played eight previous times in Notre Dame Stadium, the most recent in 1998. Three of the ’06 visitors to Notre Dame Stadium played in postseason bowl games following the 2005 season – Penn State (won FedEx Orange Bowl), Michigan (MasterCard Alamo Bowl) and UCLA (won Vitalis Sun Bowl). Road opponents who played in bowl games a year ago included Georgia Tech (Emerald Bowl), Navy (won San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl) and USC (Rose Bowl).

Please note that South Bend now observes Eastern time (including DST) all year around. That’s a switch from past years when South Bend residents never changed their clocks.