Dec. 7, 2017
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame has announced kickoff times for its six home football games for the 2018 season--as well as for its off-site home game against Syracuse at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York:
|Sept. 1||MICHIGAN||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sept. 8||BALL STATE||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sept. 15||VANDERBILT||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Sept. 22||at Wake Forest||TBA||TBA|
|Sept. 29||STANFORD||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Oct. 6||at Virginia Tech||TBA||TBA|
|Oct. 13||PITT||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Oct. 20||Bye Week|
|Oct. 27||vs. Navy (San Diego)||TBA||TBA|
|Nov. 3||at Northwestern||TBA||TBA|
|Nov. 10||FLORIDA STATE||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Nov. 17||vs. Syracuse (Yankee Stadium)||2:30 p.m.||NBC|
|Nov. 24||at USC||TBA||TBA|
The Notre Dame agreement with NBC Sports features the option for five night games over each two-year window. NBC showed two night games from Notre Dame Stadium in 2017 (Georgia and USC), so the network will show three prime-time contests in 2018 (Michigan, Stanford and Florida State).
Michigan (18th appearance at Notre Dame Stadium) and Stanford (17th at Notre Dame Stadium) last played at Notre Dame in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Pittsburgh will be coming to Notre Dame Stadium for the 32nd time overall and first time since 2012. Florida State will be making its fourth appearance at Notre Dame Stadium (1981, 1993 and 2003), while Vanderbilt will head to Notre Dame Stadium for the second time (1995). Notre Dame and Ball State have never met in football.
Eight of the 2018 Notre Dame opponents will play in postseason bowl games following the 2017 season -- including Michigan (8-4, Outback Bowl), Wake Forest (7-5, Belk Bowl), Stanford (9-4, Alamo Bowl), Virginia Tech (9-3, Camping World Bowl), Navy (6-5, Military Bowl), Northwestern (9-3, Music City Bowl), Florida State (6-6, Independence Bowl) and USC (10-2, Cotton Bowl Classic). Four of Notre Dame's 2018 opponents finished in the final College Football Playoff rankings for 2017--No. 8 USC, No. 13 Stanford, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 22 Virginia Tech.