CSN to air 2012 Notre Dame Replays & 'Classic' Games

CSN to air 2012 Notre Dame Replays & 'Classic' Games

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR 2012 NOTRE DAME REPLAYS & CLASSIC GAMES

Network to re-air Saturdays ND thriller vs. Stanford (Wed, Oct. 17 at 8:00 PM) & Game of the Century ND Classic from Nov. 1993 vs. Florida St. (Thu, Oct. 18 at 7:00 PM)

CSNChicago.coms Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz to provide complete ND Football coverage 247

Chicago, IL (October 15, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will continue its in-depth college football coverage of the AP & BCS 5-ranked 6-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 2012 game replays from recentupcoming home games, along with a pair of Classic match-ups that will both old and new Irish fans will not want to miss.

In addition, fans are also encouraged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz), plus fans can also follow the newly-created @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Irish news and updates 247.

Note the following programming details for Comcast SportsNets upcoming ND Football replays and Classic game tune-in specifics:

2012 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL REPLAYS on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, October 17
8:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Stanford (from Oct. 20, 2012 Fighting Irish win 20-13 in OT)

The Stanford Cardinal were just inches away from tying the game in OT, but the Irish were determined to keep their perfect season intact with standout defense at the goal line. Even though ND quarterback Everett Golson was sacked three times, he still managed to throw for 141 yards, including a game-tying 24-yard TD pass to Tyler Eifert in the 4th qtr.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING REPLAYS
Notre Dame vs. BYU (Game to be played on Oct. 20 CSN replay air datetime: Thu, Oct. 25 at 8:00 PM)
Notre Dame vs. Pitt (Game to be played on Nov. 3 CSN replay air datetime: Wed, Nov. 7 at 8:00 PM)
Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest (Game to be played on Nov. 17 CSN replay air datetime: Tue, Nov. 20 at 8:00 PM)

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Thursday, October 18

7:00 PM November 13, 1993: Notre Dame vs. Florida State (ND wins 31-24)

Often called the Game of the Century that pitted the two best teams in the nation back in 93 (1 Florida State vs. 2 Notre Dame). It was an epic battle at Notre Dame Stadium that went down to the last play of the game, upsetting eventual Heisman Trophy QB Charlie Ward and dethroning the Seminoles as the best team in all of college football.

Thursday, November 1

7:00 PM September 14, 2002: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (ND wins 25-23)

In the annual match-up of one the best rivalries in all of sports, the Notre Dame-Michigan battle in the Irish 2002 Return to Glory season was certainly one to remember. The 20-ranked Fighting Irish hosted the 7-ranked Wolverines and provided ND with plenty to cheer about as ND cornerback Shane Walton intercepted a Michigan pass with just :21 left in the fourth quarter. The huge upset win put the Irish at 3-0 for the season (NOTE: they eventually ran their record that year to 8-0 before falling to Boston College at home in November).

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Bears' Matt Barkley 'showing the world' he can be a starting QB in the NFL

Bears' Matt Barkley 'showing the world' he can be a starting QB in the NFL

Nobody is penciling Matt Barkley in as the Bears starting quarterback in 2017, but the fourth-year pro is making the most of his opportunity.

Barkley braved the winter elements and first snowfall in Chicago this season to lead the Bears to a 26-6 throttling of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

No, they weren't the eye-popping numbers he posted in last week's loss to the Tennessee Titans when he had 300-plus passing yards and three touchdowns, but his performance against the 49ers was arguably more impressive if you factor in the weather conditions.

Barkley was able to rebound from a first half in which it took nearly 29 minutes to complete a pass, and finish with 192 passing yards, a 97.5 quarterback rating and zero turnovers. Barkley's numbers were a far cry from his counterpart Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback completed just 1 pass for 4 yards and was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

"I thought he improved. He eliminated any interceptions," Bears head coach John Fox said. "Both teams were pretty cautious early in that game as far as pass attempts. I know they called it snow, but it felt more like rain out there so the ball was hard to hang on to. You saw some true evidence of that early. I thought the way he handled the two minute drive right before the half, we had to open it up some and throw the ball.

"I thought he executed outstanding. I thought that was one of the better drives that he had to manage."

The victory was a major boost of confidence for a quarterback who looked to be out of chances prior to the 2016 season.

After two sub-par seasons as a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was ironically drafted by the head coach (Chip Kelly) that he defeated for his first career NFL win on Sunday, Barkley was traded to the Arizona Cardinals and played sparingly before he was released last August. 

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Barkley was signed to the Bears practice squad and was No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind veterans Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer going into the season. Season-ending injuries to the aforementioned quarterbacks catapulted Barkley into the No. 1 job and forced the Bears coaching staff into seeing if the California native could regain the form that once made him the No. 1 recruit in the nation coming out of high school, and a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft before he decided to return for his senior year at USC.

Nobody is labeling him the next Tom Brady, but through two games with the Bears, that confidence has returned for Barkley.

"It's at an all-time high in this league," Barkley said. "Just knowing that I can play, that we can make plays as an offense. I'm not holding back, and they aren't holding back on what we are installing from week to week."

He's also starting to make believers out of the other 52 guys in the locker room.

"He's showing the world that he can be a starter in this league," Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy said. "He can play. He can play football and we all knew that. He's just got to show the world that and that's what he's been doing."

While it's a small sample size, and the No. 1 goal of the Bears front office going into the offseason should be finding a long-term solution at quarterback, the Bears have to be impressed with what they've seen out of Barkley, who is set to become a restricted free agent in 2017.

With four games remaining, Barkley will be given every opportunity to play his way into a future roster spot.

"I know what we are capable of and what I am capable of," Barkley said. "Hopefully we can keep pushing this, and keep the same mentality that we did last week when we were coming off a loss of wanting to get better and striving to perfection."

Terps get old ACC foe Boston College in Quick Lane Bowl

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Terps get old ACC foe Boston College in Quick Lane Bowl

Maryland and Boston College weren't conferencemates for super long, but they still saw plenty of each other when they both played in the ACC.

The Terps have since joined the Big Ten, but they'll once more clash with the Eagles when the two play in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.

DJ Durkin reached a bowl in his first season as the Maryland head coach, getting the Terps back to the postseason after a one-year absence due to last season's three-win campaign. He'll look to snap a longer drought in this game, as Maryland hasn't won a bowl game since the 2010 season, which ended with a win in the Military Bowl.

The Terps started 4-0 in Durkin's first year but stumbled to just a 6-6 finish once the big boys came calling in Big Ten play. Maryland thumped Purdue by a 50-7 score to open the conference portion of the schedule but lost six of the next eight, only grabbing wins against the league's two worst teams, Michigan State and Rutgers, who combined for just one conference win this season.

Boston College also posted a 6-6 mark during the regular season, winning just twice against Power Five conference opponents: North Carolina State and Wake Forest.

These two programs have seen each other 11 previous times, conferencemates in the ACC from 2005 to 2014.