No matchup had higher stakes in Week 1 of the 2022 college football season than the Saturday night showdown between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Notre Dame at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. And while the matchup didn’t unfold exactly in the manner many expected, Ohio State nonetheless emerged the victor after entering as a 17.5-point favorite, posting a 21-10 victory over the Irish.
Ohio State’s offense struggled to find the firepower it prided itself on during 2021 for much of the night, but talent still won the day for the Buckeyes in the end. Notre Dame led 10-7 at halftime, but had no answers for Ryan Day’s group after the halftime adjustments, as Ohio State had its way in front a passionate home crowd. More than 106,000 fans were in attendance at the Horseshoe for the first meeting between the teams since the end of the 2015 season.
Media reaction was heavy throughout the game as two of college football’s iconic brands clashed in front of a primetime audience. Below is a look at the chatter surrounding the game in real time as things unfolded.