COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -– Ohio State and Notre Dame have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The game will kickoff the 2022 season in Columbus on Sept. 3. The two will meet in South Bend on Sept. 23, 2023.
“We are extremely pleased to have this series with Notre Dame scheduled,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate athletic director, said. “Notre Dame adds to the prestigious series of non-conference games we have been seeking to schedule that are competitive, attractive for our fans and exciting for our student-athletes to be a part.”
There are some notable Ohio State and Notre Dame connections. OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith played and coached football at Notre Dame and Urban Meyer was an assistant football coach at Notre Dame.
"I am excited we are able once again to bring these two programs together on the football field," says Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick.
"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," says Irish head coach Brian Kelly. "For fans and alumni of the two schools, not to mention college football fans in general, these games will be great attractions."
The Buckeyes have beefed up their non-conference schedule for the next several years with teams like Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, TCU, Oregon, Texas, and Boston College.
Ohio State and Notre Dame have met just five times previously in football with Notre Dame winning the first two meetings in the 1930s: 18-13 at Ohio Stadium in 1935 and 7-2 at Notre Dame Stadium in 1936.
A two-game series took place in 1995 and 1996 with the Buckeyes winning both: 45-26 in 1995 behind Eddie George’s 207-yards rushing and 272-yards passing and four touchdowns from Bobby Hoying; and 29-16 the following year in South Bend as Pepe Pearson rushed for 173 yards and Greg Bellisari (14 tackles) led a standout defensive effort that limited the Irish to 280 total yards.
Ohio State and Notre Dame were also matched in the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, a 34-20 Ohio State win that gave Ohio State a 3-2 all-time edge in the series.
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