The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Ball State Cardinals will kick off at 3:42 p.m. Saturday under cloudy skies and amid temperatures in the high 60s, according to the latest AccuWeather forecast.
It’ll also be breezy in South Bend, with winds coming from the northeast at 15 or 16 miles per hour during game time. The temperature will decrease about five degrees from kickoff to the final snap, with the chance of rain remaining under 10 percent for the entire four hour window.
This is the almost the exact conditions the last time the Irish played on Sept. 8 at home. In a 2012 win against the Purdue Boilermakers, it was partly sunny at kickoff, 67 degrees with 14 mile per hour winds.
Tailgate lots open at 7 a.m. for this game, as they do for all home games regardless of kickoff time. If you’re out there for the opening, you’ll be tailgating under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-50s. Winds will be light — about seven miles per hour. Temperatures will eclipse 60 degrees by 11 a.m. and the rain will stay away until at least 8 p.m.
The record high for Sept. 8 in South Bend is 99 degrees, set in 1933. (The football team didn’t start its season until October that year.)
Go Irish. Beat Cardinals.