NBC Sports Group to Air Quadruple-Header Saturday Highlighted by Notre Dame-Maryland Primetime Game on NBC
via press release:
12-Hours of College Football Coverage Features:
Penn at Harvard at Noon ET on VERSUS
TCU and #5 Boise State at 3:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS
Maryland-Notre Dame at FedExField at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Arizona State at Washington State at 10:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS
Pre- and Post-Game Shows and Halftime Reports from 30 Rock Studio all day long
NEW YORK (November 10, 2011) –The NBC Sports Group will air a quadruple-header across all the college football properties it covers on NBC and VERSUS this Saturday. VERSUS will kick off the day with an Ivy League game featuring Penn (5-3) at Harvard (7-1) at 12 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the much-anticipated showdown between 2010 Mountain West champion TCU Horned Frogs (7-2) at #5 Boise State Broncos (8-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET. NBC will then air Notre Dame (6-3) hosting Maryland (2-7) in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET, in an off-site home game from FedExField in Landover, MD. VERSUS will conclude the night with a Pac-12 match-up between Arizona State at Washington State at 10:30 p.m. ET.
VERSUS will surround its and NBC’s college football game coverage this weekend with pre- and post-game coverage as well as halftime reports from NBC’s Football Night in America studio (Studio 8G) at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The coverage will be hosted by Liam McHugh with 1984 Heisman Trophy-winner Doug Flutie and Super Bowl champion and former NFL tight end Roland Williams serving as studio analysts. NBC will also present a halftime show featuring McHugh and Flutie providing scores and highlights.
COMMENTATORS: NBC will team commentators Tom Hammond (play-by-play) with Mike Mayock (analyst) and Alex Flanagan (sideline reporter) for Notre Dame coverage. Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker will lead VERSUS’ Pac-12 Conference coverage as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively. They will be joined by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the field as the sideline analyst. Paul Burmeister will helm VERSUS’ Mountain West Conference coverage and will be joined by Shaun King as analyst and Anthony Herron as sideline analyst. Randy Moss will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the Ivy League game and will be joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as lead analyst. Carolyn Manno will serve as in-game reporter. NBC and VERSUS will have an analyst reporting from the sidelines for all college football games to provide first-person analysis from the field and interact with the play-by-play and color announcers in the booth.
MAYOCK ON NOTRE DAME/MARYLAND: “To me, it is always very difficult to play a home game within 10 miles of your opponent’s home campus. For Notre Dame the challenge this week is to be mentally prepared, to be ready to play an ACC team that is having a down season but is talented enough to beat you. Maryland presents a challenge because their two quarterbacks have distinct style variations. So from a defensive prospective, you have to be prepared to play option football against one quarterback and three and four wide receivers with another quarterback.”
WILLIAMS ON MOUNTAIN WEST: “There is much at stake this weekend. Boise State senior defensive tackle Chase Baker believes this is for the championship and that the team needs to bring their A-game, I agree. The Horned Frogs have their work cut out for them trying to win on the blue turf. Boise State has won 35 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the nation.”
PARKER ON PAC-12: “These are two teams that need a win to accomplish what they set out to do at the start of the season. Arizona State has a chance at the Pac-12 championship and Washington State has a chance at a bowl game. ASU looks to rebound from a last second loss at UCLA and needs their emotional leaders to step up.”
TUCKER ON IVY LEAGUE: “The two-time defending Ivy League champion Penn Quakers travel to Cambridge on Saturday to take on the first-place Harvard Crimson in a classic match-up of strength vs. strength. The Crimson boast one of the best offenses in the country and have been averaging over 500 yards a game during their seven-game winning streak. The Quakers counter with a dominant defense, which is the best in the Ivy League for the fourth straight year.”
NOTRE DAME EXTRA: All of NBC’s Notre Dame games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com. “Notre Dame Extra” features a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player includes picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”
NBC also offers fans live in-game tweets from sideline reporter Alex Flanagan and a live in-game chat from Inside the Irish blogger Keith Arnold. Additionally, fans can also watch live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference. Click on Notre Dame Central at NBCSports.com to access Notre Dame Extra: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25889627/
NOTRE DAME CENTRAL APPS: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can get complete NBC Sports coverage of the Notre Dame 2011 college football season with the Notre Dame Central apps. Users can get free, live access to every NBC Sports broadcast of Notre Dame football games. Plus, the app includes live scores, news, video highlights and much more.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE FEATURES – NBCSports.com’s college football coverage will also feature video highlights and features from all of VERSUS’ Mountain West, Pac-12 and Ivy League games. In addition, NBCSports.com will feature online-only analysis from all of the VERSUS’ college football experts.
NBC Sports Group’s College Football Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
DATE GAME TIME
Nov. 12 Notre Dame vs. Maryland 7:30 p.m. (FedEx Field in Landover, MD)
Nov. 19 Notre Dame vs. Boston College 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 The State Farm Bayou Classic 2:30 p.m.
· Grambling vs. Southern
Mountain West Conference
DATE GAME TIME
Nov. 12 TCU at #5 Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Colorado State at TCU 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 UNLV at TCU 2:30 p.m.
DATE GAME TIME
Nov. 12 Arizona State at Washington State 10:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Colorado at UCLA 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 Washington State at Washington 7:30 p.m.
DATE GAME TIME
Nov. 12 Penn at Harvard 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 Harvard at Yale 12:00 p.m.