How to watch Notre Dame vs. FSU in Week 1

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How to watch Notre Dame vs. FSU in Week 1 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Sunday’s slate of college football games features one primetime Division I FBS matchup as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open up their season against the Florida State Seminoles. After going 9-0 as a member of the ACC conference last year, the now-independent Fighting Irish will face a Seminole squad looking to rebound from an abysmal 2-6 season in 2020.

While Notre Dame lost its starting quarterback Ian Book, Brian Kelly brought in a viable replacement in Wisconsin graduate transfer Jack Coan. The signal caller completed nearly 70 percent of his passes while starting for the Badgers in 2019. The Fighting Irish had the 12th ranked scoring offense in the country last season, while Florida gave up an average of 36 points per game in 2020, so Notre Dame could easily take advantage with its high-powered offense. 

The offensive attack will be led by junior running back Kyren Williams. Williams was named the ACC Rookie of the Year last season, rushing for 1,125 yards and 13 touchdowns on 211 attempts. He also caught 35 passes for 313 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Williams will be expected to shoulder the load for the Fighting Irish as Coan continues to get acclimated to Notre Dame’s system early in the season. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Irish unit will be spearheaded by another AP All American, junior safety Kyle Hamilton. Hamilton had 63 tackles (51 solo), one interception and seven pass breakups in his sophomore season last year. As NFL defenses begin to adopt the model of the “positionless player,” there’s no better example than Hamilton, who utilizes his versatility to defend any position in any zone on the field. He showcases impressive athleticism and also plays well in man coverage. Hamilton’s matchup with FSU tight end Camren McDonald will be an interesting one to watch on Sunday.

The Seminoles, entering their second season under head coach Mike Norvell, will trot out an improved roster over last season. Former UCF star McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis are both options to start for Florida State in the season opener. Milton last played for the Knights in 2018 and threw for 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Florida State must improve on defense, but with Milton, they will have a fighting chance to score with teams and compete in games.

Here’s everything you need to know about Notre Dame’s first game and the schedule ahead:

How can I watch Notre Dame-FSU in Week 1?

The game is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday and will air on ABC.

Who is favored to win the Notre Dame-FSU game?

According to our partner, PointsBet, here are the odds:

Line: Notre Dame -7

Over/under: 55

Notre Dame team total O/U: 31

Florida State team total O/U: 24

Moneyline: Notre Dame -285 | Florida State +225

How can I watch Notre Dame football this season?

After playing a full ACC schedule in 2020, Fighting Irish football returns to its usual independent status, with five games against ACC opponents. Here is the full schedule and networks so far for Notre Dame’s other games this season:

  • At Toledo: Saturday, Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium

  • Vs. Purdue: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium and NBC

  • At Wisconsin: Saturday, Sept. 25, 12 p.m. ET, Fox

  • Vs. Cincinnati: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium and NBC

  • At Virginia Tech: Saturday, Oct. 9, time and network TBD

  • Vs. USC: Saturday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium and NBC

  • Vs. North Carolina: Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium  and NBC

  • Vs. Navy: Saturday, Nov. 6, 3:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium and NBC

  • At Virginia: Saturday, Nov. 13, time and network TBD

  • Vs. Georgia Tech: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET, Peacock Premium and NBC

  • At Stanford: Saturday, Nov. 27, time and network TBD

What are Notre Dame’s chances of winning the national championship?

According to PointsBet, the national champion is likely to be one of five teams with odds better than +800: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia. But Notre Dame, with +5000 odds, is one of several schools with an outside chance at lifting the trophy.

Here are the programs with the best national championship odds:

  • Alabama, +200

  • Georgia, +425

  • Ohio State, +500

  • Clemson, +600

  • Oklahoma, +900

  • Texas A&M, +3300

  • Iowa State, +4000

  • LSU, +4000

  • Texas, +4000

  • Penn State, +4000

  • Florida, +5000

  • USC, +5000

  • Notre Dame, +5000

  • Miami (FL), +5500

  • Oregon, +5500

  • Michigan, +6600

  • North Carolina, +6600

  • Wisconsin, +8000

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.