The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Pittsburgh Panthers will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Saturday under sunny skies and amid 50 degree temperatures, according to the latest AccuWeather forecast.
The chance of rain is nonexistent with gentle breezes throughout. The temperature isn’t expected to change much from kickoff to final whistle.
It’ll be a much chillier affair if you are at the stadium or one of its accompanying lots when tailgating begins at 7 a.m. It’s forecasted to be 37 degrees, but it may feel even colder on whatever skin you’ve foolishly kept exposed. The sun will begin to warm up things closer to 11 a.m., at which point the small chance of rain will have dissipated.
The temperatures on Saturday — high of 52, low of 40 — will be lower than a typical Oct. 13 at Notre Dame. The record high of 86 degrees was set in 1975; the 4-1 Irish were likely just back from a road trip to Chapel Hill that Oct. 13. The record low of 26 degrees was in 1909; the Irish played at home on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 that year.
The last Oct. 13 game at Notre Dame Stadium was a rainy one: the overtime win against the Stanford Cardinal in 2012. The kickoff temperate was 53 degrees.
The Irish played the Boston College Eagles on Oct. 13, 2007. It was partly sunny and 53 degrees at kickoff then.
I have one vivid memory of the Oct. 13, 2001 game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. I wore a red sweater, which bled through the white undershirt beneath because it poured the entire game. Kickoff temperature that day was 67 degrees, although there were also 15 mile per hour winds. It was also the first game after the U2 concert (which was held in the JACC).