No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Notre Dame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  The first week of the 2022 college football season is here. After waiting through the long offseason, No. 2 Ohio State is set to kick off the year on Saturday night. The matchup isn’t the Buckeyes’ typical Week 1 opponent, as No. 5 Notre Dame comes to Ohio Stadium for one of the biggest games of the season already.

The Scarlet and Gray have heard all offseason about how the team wasn’t good enough or tough enough last year. Head coach Ryan Day went to work to address the team’s defensive issues, bringing in new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, as well as Tim Walton to run the secondary and coach cornerback and safeties coach Perry Eliano. This will be the first test for this new-look group. 

Ohio State returns much of its offensive talent from last year’s top-ranked group. This includes the Heisman Trophy favorite in quarterback C.J. Stroud, as well as wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back TreVeyon Henderson. It will be up to Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame to find a way to slow down this offensive group.

The Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish will kick off just after 7-30 p.m. ET on ABC. Follow along with Bucknuts while you watch the game for updates and analysis throughout the game.

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Pregame

  • Julian Fleming isn’t going through warmups. 
  • Players coming out for pregame warmups. 

Here is some of our coverage from this week for your pregame reading pleasure-

Looking back at Ohio State vs. Notre Dame history, Part 1

Five Notre Dame players to know for Ohio State’s matchup with the Fighting Irish

Jim Knowles says the Buckeye defense is “100 percent” ready to go

Looking back at Ohio State vs. Notre Dame history, Part 2

Are the Buckeyes ready for the Fighting Irish?

Notre Dame offensive lineman Jarrett Patteson is “questionable” for the Ohio State game

What Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman said about Ohio State to start game week

Looking back at Ohio State vs. Notre Dame history, Part 1

Ohio State offensive players give their thoughts on the Buckeyes’ new defense

Buckeyes are a huge favorite against the Fighting Irish

A first look at Ohio State taking on Notre Dame in the opener