We wanted to share some comparisons between these two great football powerhouses. Here are some categories where they stack up-
(*26*)* All-Time Winning Percentage –(*24*) Ohio State is tied with Alabama for No. 1 in all-time winning percentage at .731 (942-329-53). Notre Dame is next in third at .730 (929-330-42). The rest of the top five are Michigan fourth at .729 and Oklahoma fifth at .728.
(*26*)* All-Time Wins –(*24*) Ohio State is tied with Alabama for second all-time in wins (942), while Notre Dame is fifth at 929. Michigan is No. 1 at 976, while Oklahoma is fourth at 931.
(*26*)* Bowl Records –(*24*) ND is 18-21 all-time in bowl action, while OSU is 27-27.
(*26*)* BCS/New Years’ Six Records –(*24*) The BCS system was in place from 1998-2013, followed by the College Football Playoff and the New Years’ Six from 2014 to the present. Over these last 24 seasons, Ohio State is 13-7 in BCS and NY6 bowl games. Notre Dame is 0-8 in BCS and NY6 bowl games since 1998. (Notre Dame’s last win in a game currently in the NY6 was over Texas A&M in the 1994 Cotton Bowl.)
(*26*)* National Championships –(*24*) Notre Dame claims 11 consensus national titles and also has been mentioned as a (*21*) champion on 19 other occasions. Since the inception of The Associated Press poll in 1936, ND has claimed eight AP poll titles (1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977 and 1988).
Ohio State claims six consensus national titles and two other (*21*) championships. OSU has won the AP poll title five times (1942, 1954, 1968, 2002 and 2014).
(*26*)* Conference Championships –(*24*) Ohio State has been a member of the Big Ten since 1913 and boasts 39 conference championships. That is four behind all-time Big Ten leader Michigan’s total of 43 conference titles.
Notre Dame has been an independent throughout its history. The Fighting Irish did play in the ACC in the “Covid year” of 2020 and was the league’s lone unbeaten team in the regular season. But ND lost the conference championship game to Clemson.
(*26*)* Heisman Trophy Winners –(*24*) Notre Dame has had seven different Heisman Trophy winners. They were Angelo Bertelli (1943), Johnny Lujack (1947), Leon Hart (1949), Johnny Lattner (1953), Paul Hornung (1956), John Huarte (1964) and Tim Brown (1987).
Ohio State has had six players claim seven Heismans. They were Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard “Hopalong” Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974-75), Eddie George (1995) and Troy Smith (2006). Griffin is the only player to ever win the award twice.
(*26*)* Consensus All-Americans –(*24*) Notre Dame is No. 1 in consensus All-American choices with 105 selections by 89 different players. OSU is third with 90 choices by 68 different players.
(*26*)* NFL First-Round Draft Picks –(*24*) Ohio State is No. 1 all-time with 87 NFL first-round draft picks. Notre Dame is fourth with 70.
(*26*)* College Football Hall of Fame –(*24*) ND has had 48 players and six coaches selected for the College Hall. Ohio State has had 26 players and 11 coaches honored with Hall induction.
(*26*)* Coaching Icons –(*24*) Each side boasts its share of coaching legends. ND has Knute Rockne, Elmer Layden, Frank Leahy, Dan Devine, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz and Brian Kelly. OSU boasts John Wilce, Francis Schmidt, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer.