Oct. 27, 2015
TIME, DATE AND PLACE
* 8:14 p.m. EDT; Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
* Lincoln Financial Field (68,532); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* ABC national telecast with Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analysis) and Heather Cox (sideline).
* ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcast live from Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. This marks the 27th time that GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game site, including the once studio-based show’s road debut, live from Heritage Hall at the Joyce Center before the 1993 Florida State game.
* 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.
* Temple will have a sellout crowd on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
* Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 281 of its previous 330 games (.852) overall. Notre Dame has played before 652 sellouts in 931 total games (.700) since 1930. The Irish have sold out 296 of their last 297 home games dating back to 1964, including each of the last 248 in a row since 1973.
* Notre Dame holds a 1-0 series lead, claiming a season-opening 28-6 victory over Temple on August 31, 2013, at Notre Dame Stadium in Matt Rhule’s Owl coaching debut.
* Notre Dame: Brian Kelly, 51-21 at Notre Dame (6th year), 222-78-2 overall (25th year), 1-0 vs. Temple
* Temple: Matt Rhule, 15-16 at Temple (3rd year), 15-16 overall (3rd year), 0-1 vs. Notre Dame
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
* Notre Dame is entering a matchup of AP-ranked teams for the 212th time in school history and the 14th time in the career of its current graduate student players. This is Temple’s first-ever ranked matchup.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
14 QB DeShone Kizer ranks 14th in the nation with his 156.9 passing efficiency rating. The 156.9 presently ranks fourth-best for a single-season in school history with a minimum of 100 passes.
13 LB Joe Schmidt has started 15 games for the Irish. Notre Dame is 13-2 in those games, going 7-1 last fall and 6-1 thus far in 2015.
12 RB C.J. Prosise’s 11 rushing touchdowns this year rank 12th nationally. They are the most by an Irish ball-carrier since Jonas Gray ran for 12 TDs in 2011.
11 Notre Dame is tied for 11th nationally with its 35-11 record since the start of the 2012 season.
10 C.J. Prosise ranks third nationally with his 41 offensive plays this year of at least 10 yards. Tied for fourth is Temple’s Jahad Thomas, along with LSU’s Leonard Fournette.
9 Notre Dame is ranked No. 9 in the AP poll this week. The Irish are playing their 417th game when ranked in the top 10 and the 20th under head coach Brian Kelly.
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 Over the past 50 years, Notre Dame is 11-7-2 against teams with a record of 7-0 or better.
6 Showing his big-play ability, WR Will Fuller ranks sixth nationally averaging 21.94 yards per catch.
5 C.J. Prosise has five 100-yard rushing games this year – the most by a Notre Dame player since Darius Walker had six in 2006.
4 Lincoln Financial Field will be the fourth Philadelphia venue to play host to the Irish, joining Franklin Field, JFK Stadium and Veterans Stadium.
3 Notre Dame’s special teams have generated three touchdowns in 2015, its most since creating four TDs in 2000.
2 The Irish are making their second appearance this year on ESPN’s College GameDay and 27th all-time. Of the last 22 appearances, 18 have been at road or neutral sites.
1 Four Notre Dame players (Will Fuller, C Nick Martin, LB Jaylon Smith and LT Ronnie Stanley) were named first-team midseason All-Americans last week by prominent national news outlets.
0 Notre Dame is 15-0 all-time on Halloween. Oct. 31 is the best day in the history of Notre Dame football in terms of wins and losses.