It’s official. ESPN is coming to Notre Dame for week one of the 2018 season to see the Irish and Wolverines battle under the lights of Notre Dame Stadium. After it being rumored for week’s, the official GmaeDay twitter feed made the announcement on Saturday afternoon.
We’re going back to where it all began … South Bend, we’re coming to your city!
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 4, 2018
This will be the 29th appearance for Notre Dame on ESPN’s flagship college football show. It will be just the 9th time, however, that ESPN will come to Notre Dame’s campus. The last time ESPN came to Notre Dame was back in 2012 for the Notre Dame – Stanford. ESPN was treated to a thriller that day.
Notre Dame’s most recent appearance on GameDay came just last year when the ESPN crew was live from Miami. The Hurricanes ended up blowing the doors off of the Irish that November night. Hopefully this time around Notre Dame puts on a much better showing.
Overall, Notre Dame has not fared well when involved in a game featured on GameDay. The Irish are 12-16 in their 28 appearances with the last win coming in 2015 when GameDay was live from Philadelphia for the Notre Dame – Temple showdown on Halloween. Prior to that Temple game appearance, I actually wrote on the recent history of Notre Dame on GameDay not being kind.
Back in 2012 prior to the Stanford appearance, I wrote on the full history up until that point in time if you want to read through all of Notre Dame’s appearances from 1993 through 2012.
Notre Dame’s history against Michigan when GmaeDay is on hand is particularly unkind. The Irish are just 1-5 against Michigan in six appearances on GameDay when facing the Wolverines. Four of those six contests, however, came on the road at Michigan Stadium. At Notre Dame Stadium, the Irish are 1-1 with a narrow loss in 1994 and a comfortable victory over the defending national champions in 1998. The last two Notre Dame – Michigan games at Michigan received GameDay treatment.
ESPN has made infrequent trips to South Bend for GameDay over the years as they generally prefer venues where they also have broadcast rights. Since 2005, ESPN has only come to Notre Dame twice – Stanford 2012 and USC 2005. The last drought being seven years before this recent one of six years.
Notre Dame is 4-6 under Brian Kelly in games featured on GameDay. He started 3-1 on GameDay before the BCS Title game started a 4-game losing streak.
ESPN has taken a lot of heat this week for their coverage – or lack of coverage – of the Urban Meyer scandal, but regardless of your opinion of the network, appearances like these are good for the program. They become even better for the program if Notre Dame wins the game. And just as a reminder, the last time Notre Dame hosted Michigan, the Wolverines failed to score a single point.