Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011 Time: 3:30 p.m.
All-Time Series: 0-0 (First Meeting)
Location: South Bend, %%MATCH_6%%,
Stadium: %%MATCH_4%% Stadium Capacity (80,795);
Radio: 970 WFLA AM (Flagship) | All USF Radio Affiliates
Weather: Weather | Radar
Notre Dame enters the contest ranked No. 16 in the preseason Associated Press poll and No. 18 in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll.
USF is receiving votes in the coaches' poll.
Notre Dame and USF will meet on the gridiron for the first time when the Bulls make their first ever trip to South Bend, Ind. USF head coach Skip Holtz, son of the legendary Lou Holtz, was a member of the 1986 Notre Dame Football team. Holtz returned as an assistant coach from 1990-93 before taking his first head coaching job at %%MATCH_3%%.
The Bulls are coming off an 8-5 season in head coach Skip Holtz's first year that included a victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl over %%MATCH_5%%.
Notre Dame also went 8-5 in 2010 and won its bowl game, a Sun Bowl victory over %%MATCH_7%% (Fla.).
USF is 10-4 in season openers since the program started in 1997 with the 10 wins coming at home and the four losses coming in road openers. Notre Dame is 40-7-1 (.844) in season openers inside Notre Dame Stadium.
The Bulls are the 140th different opponent in Notre Dame's football history. The Irish have faced 70 of the other 120 teams currently competing at the FBS level.
USF will become the 69th different team to visit Notre Dame Stadium (since its opening in 1930) when the Bulls face the Irish this week. Notre Dame owns a 56-11-1 mark (.831) in games when the opponent was making its first visit to the Stadium.
Bulls open season in legendary South Bend
Game Week Preview: USF Offense
Game Week Preview: USF Defense
Game Week Preview: Notre Dame Offense
Game Week Preview: Notre Dame Defense
Just the Facts: ND vs. USF by the numbers
Irish Depth Chart: Defense
Irish Depth Chart: Offense
Irish Offense a challenge for Bulls Defense
Bulls Offense Facing a Loaded Irish Defense
Matchups that could favor the Bulls
Matchups that could favor the Irish