Pittsburgh vs Notre Dame: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor IOctober 31, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 20:  Andrew Hendrix #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs against the BYU Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame is fresh off a huge upset win over Oklahoma and will attempt to keep their undefeated season alive when they face Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Panthers have a surging offense, though, that has continued to improve after installing a new offensive during the offseason. They put together a great game last week, defeating Temple 47-17.

The running tandem of Ray Graham and Rushel Shell combined for 188 yards rushing and Graham added 71 receiving yards.

Notre Dame may opt to have their team leader and star defender, Manti Te'o, shadow the Pitt runners.


When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
Watch: NBC
Radio: 93.7 KDKA The Fan, Pittsburgh, PA and the Panther Radio Network; WLS AM 890, Chicago, IL and the Notre Dame Radio Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports on MSNBC


Spread Info (via Bovada):

Over/Under: 46

Spread: Notre Dame -17

Pittsburgh has been slowly dropping in prominence since their apex, a 3-0 loss to a talented Oregon State school in the 2008 Sun Bowl. The team's slide could result in them missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 2007.

The Panthers simply aren't playing to the level of a Top Five team and will struggle in South Bend.

But could this be a trap game for Notre Dame? The Irish are riding high after their huge upset over Oklahoma and received an emotional boost by passing Oregon in the BCS rankings.

The Fighting Irish could be turning their attention to USC, their final big challenge to posting a 12-0 season.

Doing so against a team like Pittsburgh could be disastrous. 

I'm not a big believer in trap games, though. The Irish will cover and their defensive prowess should favor the under.


Injury Report (via USA Today)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish





George Atkinson III




Nick Tausch




Austin Collinsworth



Out for Season

Pittsburgh Panthers





Shane Gordon




Jack Lippert




Dan Mason


Lacerated Liver

Out for Season

Ryan Schlieper



Out for Season

Manny Williams



Out for Season


BCS/Top-25 Implications

The last four games of the 2012 season loom large for the Fighting Irish. Not only do they need to win, they need to win big.

There are currently four teams vying for the two spots in the BCS National Championship Game. All four have a good opportunity to finish the season undefeated; if that happens Notre Dame would likely be left out of the title game.

The Irish passed Oregon last week with a win over a Top 10 team, but Oregon's strength of schedule improves over the end of the season while the Irish play three teams without national standing.

Notre Dame needs to be dominant down the stretch, starting with a modest Pittsburgh team.


What They're Saying

While it may seem as a shameless plug for a colleague's article, Ian Berg does cover an important aspect of this matchup.

Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame: Why Irish Should Fear Pitt's Run Game | Bleacher Report bleacherreport.com/articles/13904… via @bleacherreport

— Ian Berg (@ShugJordanPkwy) October 30, 2012

The Journal Gazette believes this game will be a bit more challenging for Notre Dame.

Irish ready for tough Panthers: Notre Dame has won close games against Pittsburgh the last two seasons, and co... bit.ly/W3FNdk

— The Journal Gazette (@JGfortwayne) October 30, 2012

Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst spoke at his weekly Press Conference about helping his players stay focused with the distractions of playing at Notre Dame:

I think that's one of the great things about the opportunity that these guys have playing college football. Every place we go, there's something unique about each place.

We're not going to take a bus tour around and all that stuff. There's a group of guys that are interested in it and I think it's a great part of it. To be able to play in a lot of the stadiums we get to play in have history.

I sensed that when I was talking to their coach before the Temple game. He (Steve Addazio) was talking about their kids being excited to play at Heinz Field. I would hope our guys would appreciate it and enjoy that experience.



Notre Dame Player to Watch: Manti Te'o, LB

Pittsburgh is going to try to run the ball in this game. The Irish defensive linemen will be important, but it is Te'o that needs to make sure the talented Panther ball carriers don't get to the second level of the defense.

Once the team stops the run, Notre Dame will ask Te'o to pressure the quarterback. This will happen with an occasional blitz, but more so from his imposing presence in pass defense.

Te'o collected the interception to seal the Irish win over Oklahoma last week and has a school record for linebackers with five interceptions on the season.

Look for coach Brian Kelly to give him plenty of opportunities to shine over the next month. Te'o is beginning to pick up steam relative to Heisman consideration. 

Given the fall of so many quarterbacks this season the timing could be ripe to give the trophy to a defender.



Pittsburgh Player to Watch: Tino Sunseri, QB

As much as the Panthers would like to run the ball, they may not have the luxury of attempting to do so for long. Notre Dame will attempt to open up an early lead and take the ground game out of the equation. 

Forcing Sunseri to throw might not be the best for the Irish, though. He has responded well to the new offense brought in by Chryst after a marginal showing last season. 

Sunseri is working well with his wide receivers. Devin Street and Mike Shanahan both have over 600 yards receiving with seven touchdowns combined.

The unit is meshing as though they've been working together in the same system for three seasons, not playing in third third scheme in as many years. 

Sunseri is in the Top 10 for FBS passing efficiency with a rating of 164.79.


Prediction: Notre Dame 31, Pittsburgh 10 

As well-rounded as the Panther offense is, they haven't faced a defense like that of Notre Dame.

Pittsburgh will also be facing a team with a goal of notching some lopsided wins over the last month of the season. The Irish are forced to consider style points in an effort to bolster their BCS Rankings.

Pittsburgh could ride the energy of a home crowd to an upset win, but they will be struggle on the hostile turf of Notre Dame Stadium. This could be a statement game for Te'o.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.


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