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Press Release
September 07, 2021

New York, NY and South Bend, Ind. – September 7, 2021 – Peacock will exclusively present coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish home opener against the Toledo Rockets this Saturday, marking the first-ever meeting between the schools and the first time a Fighting Irish Football game is available to watch exclusively on a streaming service.

Prior to 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff, Peacock will stream Countdown to Kickoff, a special, exclusive hour-long pre-game show hosted by NBC Sports’ Corey Robinson and Jac Collinsworth, who also hosts the weekly ND on NBC Podcast released each Thursday. Robinson and Collinsworth will be joined by Notre Dame student Caroline Pineda. Countdown to Kickoff will feature newly-produced content surrounding the Fighting Irish, including:

  • Exclusive “Mic’d Up” segment featuring Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly
  • In-Depth feature profile of projected top-10 NFL Draft Pick Kyle Hamilton
  • A conversation between Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and NBC’s Mike Tirico about Notre Dame and storylines around college athletics
  • Analysis of the college football season with Tirico and NBC Sports analyst Drew Brees

Following the game, Collinsworth and Robinson will continue coverage on Peacock with Notre Dame Football Head Coach Brian Kelly’s post-game press conference, post-game analysis and commentary.

In partnership with Peacock, ND Studios and Fighting Irish Media, the media unit within Notre Dame athletics, will be executing the pre- and post-game show. The award-winning team at Fighting Irish Media has previously been charged with producing halftime features for Notre Dame Football on NBC and full games/events for the network (i.e Notre Dame Football Pro Day, Blue-Gold Game, Notre Dame Hockey on NBC Sports, Notre Dame Football vs. USC in 2020).

Notre Dame Football coverage will stream on Peacock Premium. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers. Viewers can sign up at Peacock is widely available across devices, details here.

All remaining Notre Dame home games during the 2021 season will air on NBC and stream on Peacock. The full 2021 Notre Dame on NBC Football Schedule is below:

Sat., Sept. 11  2:30 p.m.  Toledo  Peacock 
Sat., Sept. 18  2:30 p.m.  Purdue  NBC/Peacock 
Sat., Oct. 2  2:30 p.m.  Cincinnati  NBC/Peacock 
Sat., Oct. 23  7:30 p.m.  USC  NBC/Peacock 
Sat., Oct. 30  7:30 p.m.  North Carolina  NBC/Peacock 
Sat., Nov. 6  3:30 p.m.  Navy  NBC/Peacock 
Sat., Nov. 20  2:30 p.m.  Georgia Tech  NBC/Peacock 

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Hollywood’s biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language, and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information on Peacock, click here.


The University of Notre Dame sponsors 26 varsity athletics programs (13 men’s, 13 women’s), dating back to 1887 when the Irish played their first football game. Notre Dame won its 32nd national championships in 2021 when the Irish claimed the NCAA Fencing Championship following previous titles in football (11 consensus), fencing (three men, one women, six combined), women’s soccer (three), women’s basketball (two), men’s tennis (two), plus one each in men’s soccer, men’s golf and men’s cross country. Notre Dame student-athletes in 2020 recorded the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figure (98) among all Football Bowl Subdivision institutions. In the 2021 Olympic Games, the Irish sent an ACC-leading 21 current or former student-athletes to Tokyo (most in school history). Notre Dame football remains independent in terms of conference affiliation, but most other Irish sports began competing in the ACC in 2013-14.