“Saturday’s game is going to be a heck of a challenge for both teams.” – NBC Sports’ Mike Mayock
NEW YORK – September 22, 2010 – Notre Dame (1-2), coming off two hard-fought losses to Michigan and Michigan State, and No. 16 Stanford (3-0) renew their 86-year-old rivalry at Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage. Mayock, one of television’s premier college football and NFL Draft experts, is in his first season with NBC Sports as a Notre Dame game analyst and has been called “impressive” by Sports Illustrated. For additional information on Mayock, click here: http://tinyurl.com/2wdq2bo
MAYOCK ON THE IRISH: “Notre Dame’s record is a little deceiving. They have played a difficult schedule and are a few plays away from being undefeated. But, then again, you can’t look at it that way. They are 1-2. That’s who they are. It’s a football team that’s getting better. Saturday’s game is going to be a heck of a challenge for both teams.”
MAYOCK ON THE CARDINAL: “Head coach Jim Harbaugh has brought a physical and mental toughness to Stanford football. They play a 3-4 defense that has exceeded expectations so far. The Cardinal are a physical run team but with one of the best passers in the country in Andrew Luck, who is possibly a future first-round draft pick.
MAYOCK ON THE QUARTERBACKS: “It’s interesting to me that you have two of the top quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school now maturing into two of the top QBs in college football. Dayne Crist took a huge step last week against Michigan State.”
NOTRE DAME-STANFORD: Notre Dame leads the all-time series versus Stanford (17-7), including a 10-2 edge at Notre Dame Stadium that includes the last seven. The teams have played every year since 1997. The Irish have won 11 of the last 15 games in the series by an average margin of 11.2 points per game. Notre Dame is averaging 31.6 points per game in those meetings, while surrendering 20.4 (more on the series history on pages 26-31). Stanford won last year’s contest, 45-38, on the strength of Toby Gerhart’s four-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds remaining.
EMBED NBC SPORTS VIDEO: Video highlights from NBC Sports’ Notre Dame coverage are available on NBCSports.com to be embedded on media websites.
DIGITAL & INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
The 2010 Notre Dame football season includes more NBC Sports distribution platforms than ever before, including robust digital and mobile features, iPhone and iPad apps, and an international agreement with Eurosport to broadcast games in Europe and Asia.
NOTRE DAME EXTRA: For the first time, the entire Notre Dame-NBC Sports schedule will be streamed live on NBCSports.com. “Notre Dame Extra” will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed plus one additional online-only bonus camera throughout the game.
“Notre Dame Extra” will employ a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that will help set new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player will include full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth – even review plays in “slo-mo” -- all while watching live video.
Extra will also feature live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame that will include head coach Brian Kelly's press conference.
Click on Notre Dame Central at NBCSports.com to access Notre Dame Extra http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25889627/
NOTRE DAME CENTRAL APP: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can get complete NBC Sports coverage of the Notre Dame 2010 college football season with the Notre Dame Central app. Users can access live scores, stats, video highlights & archives, and much more. Fans can also purchase an upgrade to get LIVE access to every NBC Sports broadcast of Notre Dame football games. The iPhone update for the 2010 season will be available prior to the September 4 season opener against Purdue, with an iPad-specific version to come later in the season.
LIVE MOBILE BROADCASTS: NBC Sports’ live coverage of every Notre Dame home football game is available on both NBC 2Go and NBC Sports Mobile.
NOTRE DAME ON NBC SPORTS MOBILE: Fans can receive news and scores right on their cell phones with the NBC Sports Mobile Web site or the NBC Sports iPhone app. Fans can also sign-up for exclusive text alerts with scoring updates and daily news. To find out how, users can just text the word ND to 51515 or visit http://m.NBCSports.com.
EUROSPORT: NBC Sports and the Eurosport group have signed an international television rights agreement that provides Eurosport 2 with exclusive broadcast rights to 2010 Notre Dame home football games across Europe and Asia. Games will be broadcast throughout Europe live exclusively on Eurosport 2, and to the 14 countries where Eurosport Asia Pacific is distributed.
THE NOTRE DAME-NBC SPORTS RELATIONSHIP: The University of Notre Dame and NBC Sports continue their television relationship for the 20th consecutive season in 2010. On June 19, 2009, a five-year renewal to televise all Notre Dame home football games was announced, giving NBC Sports the rights to Fighting Irish home games through the year 2015. NBC Sports began its original contract with Notre Dame in 1991.
The most recent extension provides NBC Sports with rights to Notre Dame home games from 2011 through 2015, extending the partnership between the University and network to 25 years. Notre Dame will provide seven home games per season to NBC Sports and an additional eighth off-site game airing in primetime as part of the agreement. This year’s eighth game takes place on November 20 from Yankee Stadium when the Irish face Army.
NBC SPORTS’ REMAINING 2010 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE
Sep 25 Stanford 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct 9 Pittsburgh 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct 16 Western Michigan 2:30 p.m. ET
Oct 30 Tulsa 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 13 Utah 2:30 p.m. ET
Nov 20 Army 7 p.m. ET (at Yankee Stadium)
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