Vanderbilt (2-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0)
1:30 p.m. CDT Saturday (NBC)
Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana
2 Previous games have been played between Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish defeated the Commodores 41-0 on Sept. 16, 1995, in South Bend and 14-7 on Sept. 5, 1996, in Nashville. On Vanderbilt’s previous visit to South Bend, the capacity of Notre Dame Stadium was 59,075. Now the stadium’s capacity is 80,795.
5 Vanderbilt players have reached 6,000 passing yards, with current Commodores QB Kyle Shurmur joining the list last week by passing for 258 yards in a 41-10 victory over Nevada last week. Jay Cutler holds the Vanderbilt career record with 8,697 passing yards from 2002 through 2005. Other Commodores with at least 6,000 passing yards are Greg Zolman, Whit Taylor and Kurt Page.
6 Takeaways have been registered by the Vanderbilt defense in the Commodores’ two games this season — three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Last season, Vanderbilt didn’t come up with its sixth takeaway until the ninth game.
8 Consecutive non-conference regular-season games have been won by Vanderbilt. The Commodores haven’t won nine such games in a row since an 11-game streak ended with a loss to Oklahoma to open the 1976 season.
24 Points have been scored by Notre Dame in both its games this season. The Irish defeated Michigan 24-17 on Sept. 1 and Ball State 24-16 on Sept. 8.
34 Victories and 16 losses for Notre Dame in games against SEC opponents. Georgia is the only SEC team with a winning record against Notre Dame at 2-0. The Irish have a 16-6 record at home against SEC opponents. Future SEC opponents on Notre Dame’s schedule include Arkansas in 2020 and 2025, Texas A&M in 2024 and 2025 and Alabama in 2028 and 2029.
242 Career victories for Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, the most of any current NCAA FBS coach – 17 more on-the-field victories than No. 2 Nick Saban of Alabama. Kelly has a 71-33 record at Notre Dame. He’s also coached Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. Kelly has a 2-3 record against SEC opponents.
264 Consecutive Notre Dame home games have been sellouts. The most recent game at Notre Dame Stadium that wasn’t a sellout was the Fighting Irish’s 48-15 victory over Air Force on Thanksgiving in 1973. That’s the second-longest sellout streak in NCAA history. The longest home sellout streak belongs to Nebraska, which will have its 363rd in a row against Troy on Saturday. The most recent Nebraska game in Lincoln that wasn’t a sellout was the Cornhuskers’ 26-6 victory over Kansas State on Oct. 20, 1962.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.