The start time and TV network has been announced for next weekend’s showdown between Notre Dame and Stanford and surprise, surprise, the game will kick off at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT in primetime on ABC. With both the Irish and Cardinal winning this weekend the game will feature a top 10 ranked Notre Dame team against potentially a top 20 Stanford squad coming off back to back wins.
This will be the fifth time this season that Notre Dame will be playing in primetime and the third time on the road. The Irish won easily in East Lansing against Michigan State earlier this year but got blown out of the water last weekend in South Beach by Miami. Notre Dame will be hoping for a result that is more like the former than the later.
The last time three Notre Dame – Stanford games in Stanford Stadium have now all been prime time kickoffs on Thanksgiving weekend. Two years ago the two squared off in one of the most thrilling matchups between the two in recent memory with Notre Dame taking the lead with just over 40 seconds remaining only to squander it and any slim College Football Playoff hopes they had at the time.
A berth in a New Year’s 6 Bowl game is on the line for the Irish. A win and Notre Dame is pretty much assured of playing in one of the most prestigious bowl games outside of the the CFP bowls. A win would also give the Irish a 10 win regular season for the second time in three years and the third time in six years.
Stanford is coming off a narrow victory of their own against archrival Cal. The Cardinal won 17-14 in a game that saw zero points get scored in the fourth quarter. Not coincidentally, Stanford star running back Bryce Love missed the entire 4th quarter after aggravating an ankle injury. His status will be worth watching throughout the week.
Notre Dame meanwhile will look to lock up that 10th win of the season after their escaping Senior Day with a 24-17 win over Navy. The Irish offense sputtered again this week while the defense kept Navy off the scoreboard but couldn’t get themselves off the field often as the Middies held the ball for nearly 43 minutes.
In his previous seven meetings with Stanford, Brian Kelly has only beaten the Cardinal twice – 2012 and 2014. He’ll look to improve on his 2-5 record against one of Notre Dame’s biggest rivals while attempting to win at Stanford Stadium for the first time in his Notre Dame tenure.