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.
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.
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.