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Notre Dame and USC Renew ‘Greatest Intersectional Rivalry’ in College Football in Top 25 Matchup

No. 3 Ohio State Visits Purdue at Noon ET Exclusively on Peacock

Maryland Hosts Illinois at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock

Peacock to Exclusively Present 50+ Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games in 2023-24; Eligible Students Can Sign-Up to Receive Special Peacock Student Discount Offer for $1.99/Month

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 11, 2023 – Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams and No. 10 USC (6-0) visit Sam Hartman and No. 21 Notre Dame (5-2) as the Fighting Irish and the Trojans renew “the greatest intersectional rivalry” in college football in a top-25 primetime showdown at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock this Saturday, Oct. 14, headlining a college football tripleheader across NBC Sports. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with College Countdown on NBC and Peacock.

Saturday’s action begins at Noon ET as Peacock exclusively streams the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) visiting the Purdue Boilermakers (2-4), followed by the Maryland Terrapins (5-1) hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4) at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Eligible students can sign-up for Peacock’s Student Discount offer, available for $1.99/month. For more information and to sign-up, click here.

NBC Sports’ college football coverage this Saturday:

7:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock: No. 10 USC at No. 21 Notre Dame

Notre Dame looks to bounce back from a 33-20 loss to No. 14 Louisville last week in which Hartman passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Hartman, who ranks 12th in the nation with 1,712 passing yards, is one of seven quarterbacks with at least 1,700 pass yards and 15 touchdown passes (16) this season.

The Trojans defeated Arizona, 43-41, in triple overtime last week to remain undefeated. Williams accounted for four touchdowns in the win (three rushing, one passing) and ran for the game-winning two-point conversion in overtime. A candidate to become only the second back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner ever (Archie Griffin, 1974-75), Williams leads the country with 28 total touchdowns (six rushing) and 22 touchdown passes and ranks eighth with 1,822 pass yards.

In a rivalry that dates back to 1926, the Fighting Irish hold the all-time series advantage over the Trojans, 50-38-5. Notre Dame has won four of the past five matchups, with USC topping the Fighting Irish, 38-27, last season (Nov. 26, 2022).

Notre Dame and USC, who have played some of the most famous games in college football history, have combined to win 22 consensus national championships (11 each) and have had a combined 14 Heisman Trophy winners. In 2011, Notre Dame Stadium hosted the first Notre Dame on NBC primetime game against USC.

USC at Notre Dame will be called from Notre Dame Stadium by Jac Collinsworth (play-by-play), Jason Garrett (game analyst), and Zora Stephenson (sideline reporter). Terry McAulay serves as the rules analyst.

Noon ET Exclusively on Peacock: No. 3 Ohio State at Purdue

The Buckeyes topped previously undefeated Maryland, 37-17, last week, behind wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.’s eight receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Kyle McCord passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Buckeyes rank third in the Big Ten in scoring offense (35 points per game) and scoring defense (10.2 points per game).

Purdue fell to Iowa, 20-14, last weekend. Boilermakers quarterback Hudson Card, who passed for 247 yards and a touchdown against Iowa, is second in the Big Ten with 1,491 passing yards.

Ohio State-Purdue will be called from Ross-Ade Stadium by Andrew Siciliano (play-by-play), making his NBC Sports Big Ten debut, Kyle Rudolph (analyst), and Lewis Johnson (sidelines).

2023-24 Big Ten Basketball: Peacock will exclusively present 12 Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball games this season. Purdue men’s and women’s basketball will appear on Peacock eight times this season, including six times for the Boilermakers’ men’s team featuring reigning National Player of the Year Zach Edey.

3:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock: Illinois at Maryland

Maryland fell to Ohio State last weekend, 37-17, marking their first defeat of the season. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa – the brother of Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa – leads the Big Ten in passing yards (1,660) and touchdown passes (14) this season as the Terrapins offense has scored at least 30 points in five of six games.

Illinois lost to Nebraska, 20-7, at home last weekend. Fighting Illini wide receiver Isaiah Williams leads the Big Ten with 38 catches and 503 receiving yards this year.

Illinois-Maryland will be called from SECU Stadium in College Park, Md., by NBC Sports’ B1G Saturday Night team of Noah Eagle (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), and Kathryn Tappen (sidelines). Reggie Smith serves as the rules analyst.

2023-24 Big Ten Basketball: Peacock will present five Maryland men’s and women’s basketball games in 2023-24, and four total Illinois games.

College Countdown on NBC and Peacock

NBC Sports’ College Countdown studio show, featuring host Maria Taylor, analysts Matt Cassel, Joshua Perry, and Michael Robinson, and co-host Ahmed Fareed will be live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday (7 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock). Nicole Auerbach serves as the college football insider. Fareed, Cassel, Perry, Robinson, and Auerbach will also host pregame coverage of Illinois-Maryland beginning at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

Each week, College Countdown will capture college football’s unique gameday atmosphere by providing pre-game and halftime commentary from the site of that week’s primetime game – 11 Big Ten and two Notre Dame games. The show will also provide pre-game and halftime content for NBC Sports’ college football afternoon games throughout the season on NBC and Peacock.

NBC Sports Big Ten Football Podcasts:

B1G Talk with Todd and Noah, hosted by Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle, sees the two personalities discuss the top stories, games, highlights, rankings, and more on a weekly basis each Wednesday during the Big Ten Football season. Click here to listen.

Go B1G or Go Home, hosted by College Countdown’s Fareed, Perry and Cassel, breaks down the biggest sports stories across the entire Big Ten conference, including instant analysis on Saturday nights after football games. Click here to listen.

NBC Sports’ FBS college football games announced to date:

DateTime (ET)MatchupPlatform
Sat., Oct. 14NoonOhio State at PurduePeacock
Sat., Oct. 143:30 p.m.Illinois at MarylandNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 147:30 p.m.No. 8 USC at No. 11 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 213:30 p.m.TBDNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 217:30 p.m.Michigan at Michigan StateNBC, Peacock
Sat., Oct. 283:30 p.m.Pittsburgh at No. 11 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 117:30 p.m.Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio StateNBC, Peacock
Sat., Nov. 183:30 p.m.Wake Forest at No. 11 Notre DameNBC, Peacock
Fri., Nov. 247:30 p.m.No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State (Ford Field)NBC, Peacock

The remaining NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football games will be announced during the season, with each matchup typically announced 12 days prior to the scheduled game date.

NBC Sports’ Big Ten Football package features Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC and Peacock – marking the first time ever that Big Ten Football will have a dedicated weekly primetime game on a national broadcast network – and nine exclusive games on Peacock.

Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any streamer in the United States, featuring live coverage including Big Ten Football, Sunday Night Football, Notre Dame Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.