College Football Schedule 2012: Michigan At Notre Dame Is Area's Marquee Matchup

Sep 15, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) celebrates with Notre Dame basketball player Joey Brooks and other fans after Notre Dame defeated the Michigan State Spartans 20-3 at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan-Notre Dame game highlights Big Ten schedule this weekend.

No. 18 Michigan at No. 11 Notre Dame highlights the Chicago area college football schedule this Saturday, with the game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT from South Bend on NBC.

Undefeated and unranked Northwestern is also at home for a non-league contest against South Dakota at 2:30 p.m. CT, on the Big Ten Network.

The Fighting Irish haven't started a season at 4-0 in 10 years, and look to climb up the rankings with a win over another quality opponent after deflating Michigan State last week. Notre Dame's defense has given up just 30 points total all season.

Northwestern (3-0) has beaten Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, and should be undefeated heading into Big Ten play Sept. 29 vs. Indiana.

Other Big Ten games this week:

Central Michigan at Iowa, 12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Alabama-Birmingham at Ohio State, 12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Texas El-Paso at Wisconsin, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State, 3:30 ET, Big Ten Network

Idaho State at Nebraska, 3:30 ET, Big Ten Network

Temple at Penn State, 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2

Louisiana Tech at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Syracuse at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

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