Two of the most storied programs in all of college football take center stage on Saturday night, as No. 12 Notre Dame hosts No. 14 Michigan in South Bend, Indiana.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBC (live in most markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including NBC (live in most markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
NBC (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
NBC Sports Live
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the NBC Sports Live website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the NBC Sports digital platforms.
Michigan and Notre Dame each rank in the top six all-time for most wins in college football. After not playing each other since 2014, a game Notre Dame handily won 31-0 at home, the rivalry will once again be renewed.
Michigan vs Notre Dame has always been a rivalry predicated on defense, and this year’s chapter is no different.
The Wolverines were strong on the defensive side of the ball last year, finishing 13th in the nation in scoring defense. Michigan returns 10 starters on defense, including 6-foot-3 senior Chase Winovich and 6-foot-5 junior Rashan Gary.
Gary is a total stud, and is among the top tier players at his position entering the 2019 NFL Draft. He finished with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2017. Should he come out after his junior season, he will likely be selected in the first round, as he provides versatility up front and can play 4-3 defensive end or the interior in a 3-4 alignment.
The Fighting Irish boast a strong defense as well. In comparison, Notre Dame finished 31st in scoring defense last season and returns nine starters. The standout is junior cornerback Julian Love, who finished with 68 tackles three interceptions and 20 passes broken up in 2017.
The most important player in this game, however, will be Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, a transfer from Ole Miss who could be the missing piece under center the Wolverines have needed during the Jim Harbaugh era.
Defense and special teams have been hallmarks for Harbaugh’s teams, but Patterson adds an entire dimension the Wolverines have not been able to rely on in recent seasons. Patterson completed 63.8% of his passes for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. With Harbaugh’s tutelage, Patterson could make good on his promise that allowed him to open up last season as Ole Miss’ starter.
Many analysts and experts project Patterson will be a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He gets a hell of a test on the road to start this season.