Usually we try to post these on Monday of game week, but after another long and tortuous off-season, we couldn’t wait. Here is all of the pertinent information for this weekend’s season opener against Rice including kickoff times, viewing options, current odds, weather, opponent details, and more.
- Date: September 6, 2014
- Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
- Location: Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame, Indiana
- Tickets: As of Monday, there were tickets available starting at $283 before frees from our partners at Ticket City. Buy Tickets
- Television: NBC (National Broadcast)
- Internet Broadcast: NBC Live Extra
- Mobile: NBC Live Extra Apps
- Radio: ISP Sports Network
Game Weekend Events
- Trumpets Under the Dome – Friday, September 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM
- Pep Rally – Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM
- Midnight Drummer’s Circle – Saturday 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
- Basilica Mass – Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm
- Player Walk – Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM
- Marching Band Concert – Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Game Day Weather
Current forecasts for Saturday are calling for almost perfect conditions for game day.
- Conference: Big Ten
- Head Coach: Brady Hoke (4th year at Michigan – 27-13)
- 2014 Record: 1-0
- 2013 Record: 7-6– Lost Buffalo Wild Wings
- Social Media: Facebook // Twitter
- Official Website: www.mgoblue.com/
As of Monday night the odds are:
- Line: Notre Dame -5 (As of Tuesday morning)
- Over/Under: Not yet posted
Michigan owns a 24-16-1 edge in the series with Notre Dame with their most recent win over Notre Dame coming just last season in Ann Arbor. Notre Dame and Michigan have met each other in each of the last twelve series. During that span, Notre Dame has won just five of the contests most recently in 2012 during Notre Dame’s 12-0 regular season. Notre Dame has fared better against Michigan at home in Notre Dame Stadium during that same span with a 4-2 record.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has not seen much success against Michigan since taking over at Notre Dame in 2010. The Irish are just 1-3 against Michigan during Kelly’s tenure with the lone win coming in 2012 and losses in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
This year’s contest will have an added edge to it after Notre Dame opted out of the series prior to the 2012 game inside Notre Dame Stadium following the University’s agreement with the ACC to play five ACC opponents each season. That decision has made this weekend’s game the final scheduled game between the two historic programs and while there has been talk about future games there is nothing officially scheduled between the two after this Saturday. Bragging rights for the foreseeable future are on the line.
We’ll have much more on the history of the series posted this week.
Here’s one of our favorite moments from the series to get everyone ready for the weekend.