College Football 2011: A Snapshot of Notre Dame's 2011 Schedule

Matt MattareCorrespondent IIIApril 26, 2011

College Football 2011: A Snapshot of Notre Dame's 2011 Schedule

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    Today's date is April 26. That means there are exactly 150 days until the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open their 2011 season against the South Florida Bulls.

    To commemorate this completely insignificant date in the countdown to next season, let's take a quick glance at the upcoming schedule. Here you'll find all the opponents, dates, times and all you need to know about the opponent in 140 characters or less!

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September 3: South Florida

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Skip Holtz stands with MVP B.J. Daniels #7 of the USF Bulls after a 31-26 victory over the Clemson Tigers at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Gett
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Date: September 3
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 3:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the USF Game in 140 Characters or Less

    Lou Holtz's son Skip is the coach of USF. This will be beaten to death 1,000x over by kickoff of the game. ND should win this game handily.

September 10: Michigan

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    ND Fans to Harbaugh: "Great Call Jim! Go Niners!"
    ND Fans to Harbaugh: "Great Call Jim! Go Niners!"Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Date: September 10
    Venue: Michigan Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 8:00 pm
    Network: ABC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Michigan Game in 140 Characters or Less

    First night game ever in the Big House. Denard Robinson's still their quarterback (bad news), Jim Harbaugh's not their coach (GREAT news).

September 17: Michigan State

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans leads his team onto the field before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 27, 2010 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Spartans w
    Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    Date: September 17
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 3:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Michigan State Game in 140 Characters or Less

    Sparty has a veteran QB and a stable of good RBs. The two players who successfully executed the fake FG last year (Bates & Gantt) are gone.

September 24: Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tino Sunseri #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the Miami Hurricanes on September 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Date: September 24
    Venue: Heinz Field
    Kickoff Time: TBD
    Network: TBD (likely ABC/ESPN)

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Pittsburgh Game in 140 Characters or Less

    Wannstedt was fired last winter after six seasons. New coach Todd Graham will try to bring his high-octane offense from Tulsa to The 'Burg.

October 1: Purdue

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Head Coach Danny Hope of the Purdue Boilermakers directs his team from the sideline as they play the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Date: October 1
    Venue: Ross-Ade Stadium
    Kickoff Time: TBD
    Network: ABC/ESPN

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Purdue Game in 140 Characters or Less

    There is a serious rebuilding project taking place in West Lafayette, and it shows no signs of ending any time in the near future.

October 8: Air Force

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 18:  The Air Force Falcons mascot The Bird performs with cheerleaders during the team's game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Air Force won 35-20.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    Date: October 8
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 3:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Air Force Game in 140 Characters or Less

    Air Force's quarterback Tim Jefferson is Ricky Dobbs-esque at running the option. Bob Diaco needs to prove Navy game was a fluke, not Army.

October 22: Southern Cal

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    D'OH!
    D'OH!

    Date: October 22
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 7:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Southern Cal Game in 140 Characters or Less

    This will be first night game at Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years. The Irish haven't beaten the Trojans at home since Bob Davie's last season.

October 29: Navy

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Andre Byrd #20 of the Navy Midshipmen celebrates the win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 23, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    Date: October 29
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 3:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Navy Game in 140 Characters or Less

    Navy has won three of its last four meetings against ND. Brian Kelly will never win over the fanbase unless he starts thumping the Mids.

November 5: Wake Forest

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    PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chris Givens #2 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons runs in for a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Date: November 5
    Venue: BB&T Field
    Kickoff Time: TBD
    Network: TBD (likely ESPN/ESPN2)

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Wake Forest Game in 140 Characters or Less

    First-ever meeting for the Irish against the Deacs. Look for Wake to be much improved (3-9 last year), but this still should be an easy win.

November 12: Maryland

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 29:  Head coach Ralph Friedgen of the Maryland Terrapins watches his team take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the Champs Sports Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl December 29, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Maryland defeated Purdue 24-7.  (Photo
    Doug Benc/Getty Images

    Date: November 12
    Venue: FedEx Field (Landover, MD)
    Kickoff Time: 7:30 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Maryland Game in 140 Characters or Less

    This year's neutral site game. Maryland fired reigning ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen because an eight-game turnaround wasn't enough.

November 19: Boston College

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Vai Taua #34 of the Nevada Wolf Pack fumbles the ball during their game against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Date: November 19
    Venue: Notre Dame Stadium
    Kickoff Time: 4:00 pm
    Network: NBC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Boston College Game in 140 Characters or Less

    BC will have a very good defense and an anemic offense (again). Last time ND played BC on Senior Day at ND was in the infamous 1993 upset.

November 26: Stanford

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    BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal throws the ball during their game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Date: November 26
    Venue: Stanford Stadium
    Kickoff Time: TBD (likely 8:00 pm)
    Network: ABC

    All You Need to Know (Right Now) about the Stanford Game in 140 Characters or Less

    The Cardinal thoroughly whipped the Irish last year, but ND did hold Andrew Luck to his lowest passer rating of 2010 (119.67).