With so many great college football matchups slated for Saturday, Sept. 3, it was probably inevitable that ESPN would talk someone into moving their opener to Sunday, Sept. 4, and this afternoon it was announced that ND vs. Texas will be the game to move.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) April 8, 2016
Update your countdown clocks.
Our season opener is now SEPTEMBER 4:https://t.co/XT5eLszBCL pic.twitter.com/lH8Qh8411c
Some of the other matchups on what had been called one of the best single days of college football in history (it still will be pretty darn awesome) include Clemson at Auburn, UCLA at Texas A&M, and several neutral-site matchups like Alabama vs. USC (Cowboys Stadium), Houston vs. Oklahoma (NRG Stadium), LSU vs. Wisconsin (Lambeau Field) and Arizona vs. BYU (University of Phoenix Stadium).
The game will be broadcast "in an exclusive primetime window", according to several reports, but the official game time and network was not announced. You can, however, probably bet on something around 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC or ESPN.
So on the one hand, we have to wait at least 24 more hours for Notre Dame football, and on the other, we get to watch all of the other terrific action going on that day without being (too) stressed about what our own boys are doing. Call it even?