The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Vanderbilt Commodores will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday under sunny skies and amid temperatures in the low 80s, according to the latest AccuWeather forecast.
There are no wind considerations, as a breeze will be plowing from the northeast at just 6 miles per hour. Bring your sunscreen, as the temperature will stay in the low 80s throughout the game with less than 10 percent cloud cover. There is also almost zero chance of precipitation.
All campus lots open at 7 a.m. for tailgating before Saturday’s game. If you are there that early, consider bringing a hoodie, some sweatpants and some sneakers (if you’re not already wearing them). The forecast is for temperatures in the high 50s, with it not reaching the more comfortable seventies until about 10:30 a.m.
This temperature — high of 83 degrees, low of 64 — is pretty typical for this day at Notre Dame. The record high is 96 degrees Fahrenheit, set in 1897. The record low for Sept. 15 is 38 degrees, set in 1953. (Football didn’t play its first home game that year until Oct. 17!)
This is the first Sept. 15 home game for the Irish since they defeated the Michigan Wolverines, 28-24, to open the 1990 season. That game kicked at 9 p.m. and the forecast called for a 40 percent chance of rain, mostly cloudy skies and lows in the mid-50s.
Go Irish. Beat Commodores.