College Football Schedule: How to Watch Notre Dame vs USF on TV and Online

After making a winning start to life in the Atlantic Coast Conference last week, Notre Dame takes on South Florida in Week 3 of the college football season on Saturday. The Fighting Irish haven't played the Bulls since 2011, but arrive into this weekend's matchup, which is also their only non-conference game of the season, as 25.5-point favorites.

Ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25 Rankings in pre-season, Notre Dame has already climbed to No. 7 in the polls and will look to cement its reputation as Clemson's main challenger in the ACC.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Saturday.

  • Kickoff time—The Fighting Irish host USF at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 19.
  • TV channel—USA Network
  • Live stream—USA Network's digital platforms, fuboTV and Sling TV.
  • Odds—FanDuel has Notre Dame as a 25.5-point favorite and the Fighting Irish are 9/10 to cover the spread. In moneyline terms, Notre Dame is a 1/50 favorite, while USF is a 13/1 outsider. The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 44.5.
  • Series history—South Florida won the only game between the programs.

Notre Dame began the season in steady fashion last week, defeating Duke 27-13 at home on the back of a superb defensive performance as it kept the Blue Devils to a paltry 73 rushing yards.

On the other side of the ball, Ian Book was more accomplished than spectacular, completing 19 of his 31 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Kyren Williams stole the show.

The sophomore running back rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns over 19 carries, to which he added 93 receiving yards over two receptions as the Fighting Irish recovered from a scoreless first period to score a touchdown in each of the next three quarters.

If Brian Kelly's words are anything to go by, college football will see plenty more of Williams this season.

"He has shown himself to have the ability in terms of the numbers he produced that he adds a dimension to our offense that makes us a better offense," the Notre Dame head coach told reporters earlier this week.

"We're going to see him play a large role."

Like Notre Dame, USF also got off to a winning start to the season, defeating The Citadel 27-6 in new head coach Jeff Scott's first game in charge. The Bulls racked up an enormous 302 rushing yards, with five separate runs of 20 yards or longer and have now won 27 consecutive games when rushing for at least 205 yards or more.

A far sterner awaits USF offensive line on Saturday and the same can be said for the Bulls defense, which allowed at least 34 points in five separate occasions last season, and gave up at least 435 yards in half of its games.

In Week 2, USF limited The Citadel to just six points and 284 yards of total offense but defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer faces an altogether different challenge on Saturday.

The 25.5-point spread makes USF the biggest underdog they have been in any game over the last five years, since Florida State was a 28.5-point favorite against the Bulls in 2015.

Scott, however, has already indicated he wants his players to adopt a nothing-to-lose approach.

"I want our guys to go out and play loose, play confident, play free, because where we are right now as a program, we're playing with house money going into this game," he told the Tampa Bay Times this week.

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Johnny Ford #1 of the South Florida Bulls runs for a 43-yard rush during the second quarter against the Citadel Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium on September 12 in Tampa, Florida. South Florida faces Notre Dame on the road in Week 3 of the college football season this weekend. Julio Aguilar/Getty