The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have announced kickoff times for their home football games in 2018, which includes six games at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame will open the 2018 season with three straight home games and all three will be televised by NBC. The Irish will take on Michigan on Sept. 1 at 7:30pm ET, Ball State on Sept. 8 at 3:30pm ET, and Vanderbilt on Sept. 15 at 2:30pm ET.
On Sept. 29, the Stanford Cardinal visit South Bend. The game will be televised by NBC at 7:30pm ET.
One additional Fighting Irish home game in 2018 will be televised in prime-time by NBC at 7:30pm ET — the Nov. 10 game against Florida State.
Notre Dame’s lone remaining home game, Pitt on Oct. 13, is slated for 2:30pm ET on NBC.
The Fighting Irish have designated the Syracuse game on Nov. 17 as their Shamrock Series game in 2018. The contest will be played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York and it will be televised by NBC at 2:30pm ET.
Kickoff times for road games at Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Navy (in San Diego), Northwestern, and USC will be announced at a later date.
2:30pm ET? That seems like an off time.
Yeah probably has to do with NBC’s other programs. I guess they don’t prioritize Vanderbilt likes its SEC counterpart, Georgia.
more home games at 2:30pm then 3:30pm interesting move
2:30 starts used to be standard for ND. They only moved all games to 3:30 (or 7:30) in the past few years.
If ND does bad to start games in later months should be demoted to NBCSN to minimize ratings damage