Notre Dame's Nov. 30 regular-season finale at Stanford will be broadcast on either Fox or new channel Fox Sports 1, the Pac-12 announced Wednesday, with the kickoff time for the game and network designation not coming until either six or 12 days in advance of the contest.
The game had previously been announced as a Fox broadcast.
The Irish's game against the Cardinal, along with their Nov. 9 tilt at Pitt, are the only two games this fall without set kickoff times yet. All have television stations.
Six of Notre Dame's last seven trips to Stanford have been night games, with 2007 serving as the outlier.
This is the third of three games the Irish will play against Pac-12 opponents this fall. It figures to have lots of buzz in the lead-up though, as Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller notes, some of the luster may be lost with the recent news of Everett Golson's suspension from school.
In any event, Golson's academic pratfall dramatically changes the complexion of the three Pac-12 games with Notre Dame this season: Arizona State in Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 5, USC on Oct. 19 and at Stanford on November 30.
While Golson was inconsistent as a redshirt freshman starter last fall, he still was good enough to lead his team to an undefeated season and a berth in the national title game. Word this spring was he looked more in command and greatly improved, which makes sense for a second-year starter. It's not unreasonable to believe the big-armed, speedy dual-threat QB would have been more of a dual threat this fall, perhaps significantly more, a guy who well fit what coach Brian Kelly wants to do on offense.
There is no way to sugarcoat it: Notre Dame just got worse. And that benefits the Irish's opponents.
As Miller said, David Shaw's Memorial Day weekend probably wasn't ruined with the news — though it was Tommy Rees who delivered the final offensive blow to the Cardinal in last season's epic clash in South Bend, Ind.