Sept. 30, 2014
– Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
– 3:40 p.m. EDT
– Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
– NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (play by play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Kathryn Tappen (sideline), Doug Flutie (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
– NBC Sports Network will also have a live pre-game show featuring Liam McHugh (host), Flutie (analyst) and Hines Ward (analyst).
– IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games are broadcast on up to 117 affiliates by Don Criqui (play by play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). 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.
– All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM and Sunny 101.5 FM.
– Saturday will be the 240th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Every Irish home game beginning with the final two home games in 1964 has been a sellout except one – a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 288 of its last 289 home games.
– Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 268 of its previous 314 games (.854) overall. The Irish have played before 639 sellouts in 915 total games (.698) since 1930.
WEB SITES, SOCIAL MEDIA
– Notre Dame (UND.com…@NDFootball), Stanford (GoStanford.com…@StanfordFball)
– Notre Dame is ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and No.8 in the Amway Coaches’ poll. Stanford is ranked No. 14 by the AP and No. 13 by the coaches. Stanford is the first of four currently-ranked opponents on the Irish schedule.
– Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
– Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Stanford, 18-10, including an 11-3 mark at Notre Dame Stadium.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– Stanford is first in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense at 6.5 points per game, while Notre Dame is fourth at 11.5 points per game.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF
365 Notre Dame snapped Michigan’s NCAA record streak of 365 games without being shut out in a 31-0 victory on Sept. 6. The Wolverines had not been previously shut out since Oct. 20, 1984.
12 The Irish are looking for their 12th win in 15 tries against Stanford at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame’s .786 winning percentage over the Cardinal in the stadium is tied for the third highest of any Irish foe over at least 10 games.
11 Notre Dame has played 11 true freshmen over its first four games of 2014.
10 Notre Dame has posted a 10-6 record under Brian Kelly in games decided by four points or less. The 10 victories are the second most in the nation since 2010.
9 Notre Dame is ranked No. 9 in the AP poll. The Irish are 9-1 under Brian Kelly when ranked in the top 10. (Page 12)
8 Since 2010, Stanford (17.89) and Notre Dame (18.53) both rank in the top eight nationally for scoring defense.
7 Against Syracuse, Everett Golson completed all but seven of his passes, going 32 of 39. The single-game completion percentage of 82.1 is eighth-best in school history.
6 The Notre Dame defense has allowed just six red-zone scores this fall, ranking in a tie for eighth nationally. This continues a trend of redzone defensive success under Brian Kelly. Since 2010, the Irish rank second in the nation for yielding just 3.69 points per red-zone possession.
5 Notre Dame is looking to start a season 5-0 for the second time in the past three years. Remarkably, it would be the 39th time the Irish have begun a season 5-0.
4 Notre Dame has scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games to open a season for the first time since 1943.
3 Notre Dame has yet to allow a point in the third quarter. The Irish have yielded just 19 points after halftime. Notre Dame ranks behind only three other FBS schools in scoring defense, allowing just 11.5 points per game.
2 Since 2011, Notre Dame has allowed just 26 rushing TDs, which is the second-fewest among all FBS teams. Alabama is the only FBS school to allow fewer rushing TDs (22) over the same span.
1 Notre Dame ranks as the winningest team in college football history based on its .734 (878-305-42) winning percentage over 126 seasons of football.
0 No Notre Dame quarterback has a higher winning percentage as a starter than Everett Golson’s .933 (14-1). The Syracuse win pushed him past 1947 Heisman Trophy winner John Lujack’s .932 (20-1-1).