Notre Dame announces football series with Ohio State

Bob Wieneke
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame and Ohio State will play a two-game, home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023, ND officials announced Thursday morning in a press release.

The Buckeyes will host ND on Sept. 3, 2022 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, with OSU making a visit to South Bend on Sept. 23, 2023. It marks the first regular-season meetings between the schools since a two-game series in 1995-96.

"I am excited we are able once again to bring these two programs together on the football field," ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in the statement. "Football games between Notre Dame and Ohio State make great sense from a strength-of-schedule standpoint."

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith played and coached at Notre Dame, and Buckeye coach Urban Meyer is a former Irish assistant. Meyer coached at ND in 1996 when the teams last met in the regular season.

The last meeting between the schools came in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl following the 2005 season. The Buckeyes earned a 34-20 win over Charlie Weis' first ND team. Ohio State leads the all-time series 3-2.

"Any time you talk about Notre Dame and Ohio State meeting in a football game, that event automatically is going to have huge national significance," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "For fans and alumni of the two schools, not to mention college football fans in general, these games will be great attractions."

Notre Dame will play its final game against Michigan this weekend, but has already announced future series with Texas and Georgia.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly leads the Irish onto the field for Saturday's game against Rice inside Notre Dame Stadium (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)