Oct. 13, 2015
TIME, DATE AND PLACE
– 7:42 p.m. EDT; Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
– Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Indiana
– NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (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), Jonathan Vilma (analyst) and Hines Ward (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 Criqui, Pinkett and 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 248th 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 296 of its last 297 home games.
– Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 280 of its previous 328 games (.854) overall. Notre Dame has played before 651 sellouts in 930 total games (.700) since 1930.
– Notre Dame holds a 45-36-5 edge in the nation’s preeminent intersectional rivalry, including a 24-14-1 record at Notre Dame.
– Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 50-21 at Notre Dame (6th year), 221-78-2 overall (25th year), 3-2 vs. USC
– USC*: Clay Helton, 1-0 at USC (2nd year), 1-0 overall (2nd year), 0-0 vs. Notre Dame (*interim)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– Notre Dame is 10-2 all-time in night games at Notre Dame Stadium, winning four consecutive since a 2011 loss to USC. The 2015 season joins 1988 as the only years with two home night games for the Irish.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
14 The Irish rank 14th nationally in total offense at 502.7 yards per game. Notre Dame has not averaged over 500 yards per game since 1970.
13 Notre Dame ranks No. 13 nationally at 238.0 rushing yards per game. It is on pace to be the best average since 1996.
12 The Irish have a winning record against every Pac-12 team except for one – Oregon State.
11 Notre Dame has 11 scoring drives of at least 80 yards this fall, including three of at least 90 yards.
10 While USC is the 10th winningest program all-time with 808, Notre Dame ranks second with 887. Notre Dame’s .732 winning percentage is the best all-time.
9 Notre Dame is tied for ninth among contract bowl eligible schools by winning 34 games over the 2012-15 seasons combined. Notre Dame’s .750 winning percentage over that span ranks 10th among its contract bowl eligible peers.
8 DL Sheldon Day has eight TFLs so far in 2015. The last defensive lineman to have more for a full season at Notre Dame was Stephon Tuitt who had nine in 2013.
7 Even while facing a steady diet of option-based offenses, including a pair this fall, Notre Dame is tied for the seventh-fewest rushing TDs surrendered since 2011.
6 With last Saturday’s win over Navy, Brian Kelly became the sixth coach in Irish lore to win at least 50 career games.
5 WR Will Fuller has five TD catches of at least 30 yards this year. Only five active players at the FBS level have more than his 23 career TD catches.
4 QB DeShone Kizer has both run and passed for a TD is each of Notre Dame’s last three games. It is the longest such streak since Rick Mirer did it in four consecutive games in 1991.
3 USC is playing its third night game at Notre Dame Stadium. Only Michigan (five times) has been more regularly featured under the lights at Notre Dame.
2 Only two teams (Baylor and TCU) have more than Notre Dame’s 65 combined 12+ yard runs and 20+ yard passes this season.
1 In the past 100 years, only one Irish RB (Reggie Brooks in 1992) can match C.J. Prosise’s feat of two three-TD rushing games in the same season.
0 Never before has Notre Dame scored at least 30 points in five out of its first six games in consecutive seasons.