We knew last week already that the Notre Dame – Northwestern game was going to be a prime-time game, we just didn’t know the exact time. We do now. Notre Dame and Northwestern will start at 7:15 PM ET with the game being televised on ESPN.
Notre Dame enters the game 8-0 with Northwestern brining a 5-3 mark and sitting just outside the top 25 into the contest. Northwestern “upset” #20 Wisconsin over the weekend at Ryan Field where the Irish and Wildcats will play for the first time in over 40 years. I put “upset” in quotes because the Badgers have been vastly overrated all season but noone in the Big 10 wants to really admit it.
Northwestern also gave Michigan quite the scare earlier this season. In fact, the Wildcats held a 17-0 lead on the Wolverines at one point before coughing up the lead and letting Michigan off the hook. Which is weird right? Because the narrative amongst the college football pundits is that Michigan is some unstoppable juggernaut now and that Notre Dame is lucky to have played them week one right?
Anyway, it would have been nice if Northwestern cracked the top 25, but even if they did, it wouldn’t have helped the Irish much even if Notre Dame does take care of business next week. IF they do, the Wildcats would have fallen out of the top 25 just as fast as they entered it.
This game will be the shortest the Irish will travel the remainder of the year for an away game which shouldn’t make it too taxing on the players following this week’s cross-country travel to San Diego.
This will be the fifth time in nine games this season the Irish will play in prime time and will personally be the most inconvenient. As a participant in the 2018 NYC Marathon, I have a nice 4:00 AM wake up call awaiting me. That ought to mix nicely with a game that will likely end between 10:30 and 11:00 local. For my sake, please pray that there is not overtime like the last time these two squared off in 2014.