Sept. 13, 2016
TIME, DATE AND PLACE
7:43 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016; Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
- NBC national telecast with Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Doug Flutie (analysis), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
- NBC Sports Network will also have live pre-game and post-game shows featuring Liam McHugh (host) and Dhani Jones (analyst).
- IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. Notre Dame games will be broadcast to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Allen Pinkett (analysis). This broadcast can be heard live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
- The broadcast will be preceded by a one hour pre-game show hosted by Tony Castricone with interviews conducted by Jack Nolan. It will be followed by a national post-game show hosted by Castricone, Criqui and Pinkett.
- All games can be heard in South Bend on WSBT 96.1 FM & 960 AM, and Sunny 101.5 FM.
- Saturday will be the 251st straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Every Irish home game since the final two home games in 1964 has been a sellout except one — a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Come Saturday, Notre Dame will have played in front of sellouts in 300 of its last 301 home games.
- Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 288 of its previous 337 games (.855) overall. Notre Dame has played before 659 sellouts in 938 total games (.703) since 1930.
- Every Notre Dame game since the 2014 game at USC has attracted a sellout crowd, including a Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium record of 102,315 on Sept. 4.
- Notre Dame leads the series 48-28-1, including a 29-13 mark at home. The teams last met in 2013 with the Irish winning, 17-13, at Notre Dame Stadium.
- Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 56-24 at Notre Dame (7th year), 227-81-2 overall (26th year), 3-2 vs. MSU
- Michigan State: Mark Dantonio, 88-33 at MSU (10th year), 106-50 overall (13th year), 3-4 vs. ND
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- For the 78th time, Michigan State and Notre Dame meet on the gridiron. One of the most common opponents in school history, the Irish last faced the Spartans in 2013, securing a 17-13 victory.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
14 Freshman S Devin Studstill (#14) made his first career start versus Nevada.
13 Only 13 teams have more than Notre Dame’s 39 wins since 2012.
12 Plays from scrimmage run by Nevada in the 2nd quarter last week as the Irish out-scored the Wolf Pack, 25-0, in the period.
11 Irish head coach Brian Kelly owns 11 wins at Notre Dame in games featuring two ranked opponents.
10 RB Tarean Folston recorded his 10th career rushing touchdown last week against Nevada.
9 PK Justin Yoon scored nine points at Texas, eclipsing the 100 career point plateau in just his 14th appearance for the Irish. He now has 111 career points scored.
8 Head coach Brian Kelly begins his seventh year at Notre Dame. He won at least eight games in each of his first six seasons at the helm, the only Irish coach to accomplish that feat.
7 QB DeShone Kizer has thrown seven passing touchdowns on the year, sixth nationally.
6 Notre Dame has won six of the last 10 meetings in the storied history with Michigan State.
5 QB DeShone Kizer ranks fifth nationally in passing efficiency at 195.9.
4 Notre Dame’s four captains for 2016 are WR Torii Hunter Jr., LT Mike McGlinchey, LB James Onwualu and DL Isaac Rochell.
3 WR C.J. Sanders (#3) has a touchdown catch in each of the first two games this season.
2 Points scored by the Irish when Nevada conceded a safety, the first two-point score by Notre Dame since 2003.
1 CB Cole Luke donned the #1 jersey for the Nevada game, recording two solo tackles.
0 Notre Dame has not had an empty seat for a home game since 1973. The sellout streak is the second-longest in NCAA history behind only Nebraska’s active run of 348 games.