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(*25*)Game week is finally here. No. 2 Ohio State will take the field for the first time this year on Saturday night when the Buckeyes welcome No. 5 Notre Dame to Ohio Stadium for the first regular season meeting between the two teams in over 25 years. It’s one of just three matchups featuring two ranked teams on the Week 1 slate.


(*25*)The Scarlet and Gray enter the 2022 season with high expectations. After missing out on a Big Ten championship and a trip to the College Football Playoff a year ago, while also losing to rivals Michigan, Ohio State is hungry to get this season started and in a positive way. For most teams, going 11-2 and winning the Rose Bowl is a great year; that’s not true for the Buckeyes.

(*25*)There are little to no questions about the Scarlet and Gray offense, which returns a number of stars from last season’s top-ranked unit. That includes quarterback C.J. Stroud, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back TreVeyon Henderson. The defense also has plenty of talent returning but hopes to take a major jump after head coach Ryan Day retooled the staff in the offseason following two seasons of struggles on that side of the ball, including bringing in new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles.

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(*25*)Despite being a top-five team as well, the Fighting Irish aren’t being viewed positively entering this game. The oddsmakers have Notre Dame as a three-score underdog coming into Ohio Stadium.

(*25*)The Irish do have a number of new faces stepping into bigger roles, none bigger than Marcus Freeman who took over as head coach following the departure of Brian Kelly. He will coach in his second game returning to where he played college football after leading Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.

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(*25*)Ahead of Saturday night’s game, (*13*)Day(*13*) (*13*)joined(*13*) (*13*)Jim Lachey and Paul Keels for his weekly radio show on 97.1 The Fan on Thursday afternoon, to discuss how his team has prepared and what is coming in the Irish. If you couldn’t listen live, Bucknuts has you covered with updates on The Front Row here(*13*) or in the comment section below.