College Football on USA refers to the USA Network's cable television coverage of the college football regular season. USA's coverage ran from 1980-1986.
During USA's first three seasons (1980-1982), they broadcast several games (they in essence, cherry picked games from regional and national syndicators like Raycom, Mizlou, and Katz) a week. These broadcasts were shown on a tape delayed basis as much as two days later. For USA's final four seasons (1983-1986), they narrowed their coverage to only one game a week. Initially, the games were selected from virtually every conference. However, in the later years, USA would frequently (but not exclusively) air games involving Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Maryland. More to the point, by 1984, USA primarily aired games from the Big Eight Conference.
|Date||Start time (EST)||Teams|
|September 15||12:00||West Virginia-Virginia Tech|
|September 22||12:00||San Diego State-Oklahoma State|
|October 20||12:00||Pittsburgh-Miami Florida|
|October 27||12:00||Rutgers-Boston College|
|November 17||12:00||Syracuse-Boston College|
Main article: Notre Dame Football on NBC
Since 2011, at least two games per-season are played in primetime often played at neutral venues for the purposes of recruiting and financial benefits for playing at those sites, a high-profile matchup involving a major opponent, or to schedule around conflicts with other NBC Sports or NBC News programming. On occasion, selected games may be shifted to an NBCUniversal-owned cable channel, such as NBCSN or USA Network.
Notre Dame's September 19, 2020, game against South Florida was shifted to USA Network due to conflicts with the 2020 U.S. Open on NBC. With NBC's usual production unit working the U.S. Open, the broadcast was produced using the university's in-house Notre Dame Studios and Fighting Irish Media unit (in combination with NBC talent, and staff working from NBC Sports' Stamford, Connecticut studios), marking the first time it had worked a regular season Fighting Irish football game.
Notre Dame's double-overtime win against Clemson on November 7, 2020, was NBC's most-watched Notre Dame game since 2005, despite game coverage moving temporarily to USA Network (due to coverage of Joe Biden's acceptance speech after being declared consensus winner of the 2020 presidential election).