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DeShone Kizer Leads The Fighting Irish Against Cody Kessler and The Trojans in College Football’s Greatest Intersectional Rivalry

Dan Hicks, Doug Flutie and Kathryn Tappen to Call Primetime Matchup

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 7 p.m. ET Live on NBCSN

Liam McHugh, Hines Ward and Jonathan Vilma Manage Pre-Game, Halftime and Postgame Coverage On-Site at Notre Dame Stadium

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 14, 2015 – No. 14 Notre Dame and USC will continue college football’s greatest intersectional rivalry this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Trojans in a primetime matchup at Notre Dame Stadium. Coverage of USC – Notre Dame begins at 7 p.m. ET with Countdown to Kickoff, NBCSN’s live pre-game show.

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer and the Fighting Irish (5-1) enter Saturday night’s game following a 41-24 win against Navy. USC QB Cody Kessler and the Trojans (3-2) visit South Bend, Ind., after a 17-12 loss against Washington.

Saturday’s meeting will mark the 87th time the two storied programs will face each other, with the rivalry dating back to 1926. USC defeated Notre Dame 49-14 at the Los Angeles Coliseum last November to regain possession of the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy. Notre Dame holds an edge in the all-time series, boasting a 45-36-5 record. The two schools have combined for 22 National Championships and 14 Heisman Trophy winners.

Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC) calls Saturday’s game alongside 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner and analyst Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie), and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen).

Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown to Kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. McHugh will be joined by two-time Super Bowl Champion and former University of Georgia QB/WR Hines Ward (@mvp86hinesward), and Super Bowl Champion, BCS National Champion and former University of Miami LB Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51). McHugh, Ward and Vilma will also manage halftime duties on NBC and postgame coverage on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Rob Hyland and Emmy Award-winning director Pierre Moossa.

Listed below is NBC Sports Group’s remaining coverage of the 2015 Notre Dame Football season.


Sat., Oct. 177:30 p.m.USCSouth Bend, Ind.NBC
Sat., Nov. 143:30 p.m.Wake ForestSouth Bend, Ind.NBC
Sat., Nov. 217:30 p.m.Boston CollegeBoston, Mass.NBCSN*

*Shamrock Series game from Fenway Park (All Times ET)


NBC Sports Live Extrathe NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference. will continue its Notre Dame Football coverage through its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.


For the third straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power’s popular Notre Dame Central section ( Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports (consult for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’S WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent. Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m. CT.