Notre Dame sets kickoff times for home football games in 2021

By Kevin Kelley -

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have announced kickoff times for their home football games in 2021, which includes seven games at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Fighting Irish open their home schedule at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., in Week 2 on Saturday, Sept. 11 against the Toledo Rockets. The game is set for 2:30pm ET on NBC.

Three additional Notre Dame home games kick off at 2:30pm ET during the 2021 season. The Purdue Boilermakers visit South Bend on Sept. 18, the Cincinnati Bearcats come to town on Oct. 2, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets visit on Nov. 20, and all three games will be televised by NBC.

Notre Dame’s Nov. 6 home contest against the Navy Midshipmen will kickoff at 3:30pm ET on NBC.

Notre Dame will also appear in two prime-time matchups at Notre Dame Stadium in 2021. The USC Trojans visit on Oct. 23 and the North Carolina Tar Heels visit on Oct. 30, and those contests are each set for 7:30pm ET on NBC.

Kickoff times and television for Notre Dame’s road games at Florida State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Stanford as well as their neutral-site game against Wisconsin in Chicago, Ill., will be announced at a later date.

Notre Dame finished the 2020 season with an 10-2 record, culminating with a 31-14 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game.

2021 Notre Dame Home Schedule

  • 09/11 – Toledo, 2:30pm ET, NBC
  • 09/18 – Purdue, 2:30pm ET, NBC
  • 10/02 – Cincinnati, 2:30pm ET, NBC
  • 10/23 – USC,  7:30pm ET, NBC
  • 10/30 – North Carolina, 7:30pm ET, NBC
  • 11/06 – Navy, 3:30pm ET, NBC
  • 11/20 – Georgia Tech, 2:30pm ET, NBC

Football Schedules

Comments (3)


Really??? A dumpster fire???? Yes I’ll give you Notre Dame will probably be favored in each home game but I think a dumpster fire is a major stretch. Toledo has had success in the MAC and been to bowl games recently. Its not like Notre Dame is playing Kent or Akron like Texas A&M and Auburn are. Purdue is an in-state rival, no they aren’t favored to finish in the top two of the their division but neither is South Carolina who plays in-state rival Clemson every year. This is Purdue’s first trip to South Bend since 2012. Cincinnati was the Group of 5 team in the New Year’s Six last year and could be again. Should Cincinnati upset Indiana and Notre Dame and convincingly win the American they would have a case to be in the playoff. USC is the blue blood of the Pac-12 and yes I understand the school and conference have fallen on hard times lately. But if USC is undefeated and Notre Dame has 1 or 0 losses going into the game, its not out of the question Gameday might be there. North Carolina played in the Orange Bowl last year and gave Notre Dame a good test late in the season. I would say half of ACC prognosticators would say North Carolina is the second best team in the league. Navy is a traditional rival and has beaten Notre Dame as recently as 2016. If you can stop the option then you can stop Navy if not, Navy can manage the game against almost everybody, giving them a chance to win. People aren’t hyping Georgia Tech this offseason but this isn’t much different than a Big Ten team hosting Michigan St., an SEC team hosting Tennessee, a Big-12 team hosting Kansas St. or a Pac-12 team hosting UCLA. At least Notre Dame is playing a power 5 opponent that weekend, many top 25 teams won’t be that weekend. Yes, the schedule may not jump off the page but it is far from a dumpster fire.

Leave my beloved Tennessee Volunteers out of this they will soon return to their GLORY DAYS my friend