Notre Dame sets kickoff times for home football games in 2019

By Kevin Kelley -

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have announced kickoff times for their home football games in 2019, which includes seven games at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Fighting Irish open their home schedule in South Bend in Week 3 on Saturday, Sept. 14 against the New Mexico Lobos. The game is set for 2:30pm ET on NBC.

Notre Dame’s next two home games are both scheduled for 3:30pm ET on NBC. The Virginia Cavaliers visit South Bend on Sept. 28, and they are followed by the Bowling Green Falcons on Oct. 5.

Only one Fighting Irish home game in 2019 will be televised in prime-time by NBC. That contest features Notre Dame taking on the USC Trojans on Oct. 12 at 7:30pm ET.

Notre Dame’s remaining home games against Virginia Tech (Nov. 2), Navy (Nov. 16), and Boston College (Nov. 23) will all be televised by NBC at 2:30pm ET.

Notre Dame opens the 2019 season on the road at the Louisville Cardinals on Labor Day evening, Monday, Sept. 2. Since that game is controlled by the ACC, the kickoff time and TV will be announced later. However, it will likely be an evening kickoff on ESPN.

Following the Louisville game, Notre Dame is off on Saturday, Sept. 7 (Week 2). The Fighting Irish’s second and final off week in 2019 is on Oct. 19 (Week 8). There are two off weeks in 2019 due to the calendar.

Kickoff times for road games at Georgia (Sept. 21), Michigan (Oct. 26), Duke (Nov. 9), and Stanford (Nov. 30) will be announced at a later date.

Notre Dame finished the 2018 season with a 12-1 record and ranked third in the final College Football Playoff Rankings. The Irish played the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, but were defeated 30-3. Clemson went on to beat Alabama in the College Football National Championship.

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Comments (4)

Interesting to see them go with mostly 2:30 eastern kick off times instead of 3:30. But it’s nice to see more variety instead of all games starting at same time.