Notre Dame at Ohio State opener booked for ABC primetime, and destination of ESPN GameDay

SOUTH BEND — The featured opening weekend college football matchup between Notre Dame and Ohio State will be in primetime.

ABC announced Tuesday that the game Sept. 3 in Columbus, Ohio, will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EDT and anchor its Saturday doubleheader.

ESPN College GameDay — the network's popular, three-hour college football pregame show — is also making the contest its first campus destination of the 2022 season.

Ohio State, under head coach Ryan Day, expects again to be a national championship contender and will likely be ranked in the top 5 before the game. 

It will be the first matchup between The Irish and Buckeyes since the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, and first regular-season clash since 1996. Ohio leads the overall series at 4-2 having won the past four in a row dating back to 1995.

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Notre Dame's most recent victory in the series was Oct. 31, 1936.

Notre Dame rookie head coach Marcus Freeman will be making his regular-season debut against his college alma mater. 

The Buckeyes feature Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback C.J. Stroud and his new-look, high-powered offense. The Irish defense returns numerous stars such as pass rusher Isaiah Foskey, while also adding All-American safety Brandon Joseph from the transfer portal.

Lee Corso shows off his pick for Notre Dame-Stanford clash, back in 2012, on the set of ESPN's College GameDay. The show returns to South Bend on Sept. 1. 

The earlier game featured in this ABC package will be defending national champion Georgia hosting PAC 12 power Oregon at 3:30 p.m.

A Labor Day Sunday primetime contest Sept. 4 pits former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s LSU team against Florida State at 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

It will be the second consecutive Sunday night season opener for Kelly — who left Notre Dame at the end of the 2021 regular season —  against the Seminoles. It took overtime for the Irish to defeat Florida State, 41-38, in Tallahassee a year ago.