Ohio State’s Season Opener Against Notre Dame Set for 7:30 P.m. Kickoff with ESPN’s College GameDay in Attendance

By Dan Hope on May 17, 2022 at 12:32 pm
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Ohio State vs. Notre Dame will be a night game.

The Buckeyes’ highly anticipated season opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 3 will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. ESPN’s College GameDay will also be on site for the game.

It will mark the first time Ohio State has opened the season with a home night game since the Buckeyes played Marshall on a Thursday night in the Shoe in 2010. It will be the Buckeyes’ first home opener at night since their 2017 loss to Oklahoma.

College GameDay will be making its 54th overall game appearance at an Ohio State game and airing from Ohio State’s campus for the 21st time.

ESPN College GameDay Appearances for Ohio State Games
Date Game Location WINNER
SEPT. 28, 1996 #4 OHIO STATE at #5 NOTRE DAME SOUTH BEND, IN OHIO STATE, 29–16
OCT. 5, 1996 #4 PENN STATE at #3 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 38–7
OCT. 26, 1996 #2 OHIO STATE at #20 IOWA IOWA CITY, IA OHIO STATE 38–26
OCT. 4, 1997 #8 IOWA at #7 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 23–7
OCT. 3, 1998 #7 PENN STATE at #1 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 28–9
SEPT. 14, 2002 #10 WASHINGTON STATE at #6 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 25–7
NOV. 23, 2002 #12 MICHIGAN at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 14–9
JAN. 3, 2003 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: #2 OHIO STATE vs. #1 MIAMI TEMPE, AZ OHIO STATE, 31–24 (2OT)
AUG. 30, 2003 #17 WASHINGTON at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 28–9
NOV. 15, 2003 #11 PURDUE at #4 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 16–13 (OT)
NOV. 22, 2003 #4 OHIO STATE at #5 MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR, MI MICHIGAN, 35–21
SEPT. 10, 2005 #2 TEXAS at #4 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH TEXAS, 25–22
OCT. 8, 2005 #6 OHIO STATE at #16 PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK, PA PENN STATE, 17–10
SEPT. 9, 2006 #1 OHIO STATE at #2 TEXAS AUSTIN, TX OHIO STATE, 24–7
SEPT. 23, 2006 #24 PENN STATE at #1 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 28–6
SEPT. 30, 2006 #1 OHIO STATE at #13 IOWA IOWA CITY, IA OHIO STATE, 38–17
NOV. 18, 2006 #2 MICHIGAN at #1 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 42–39
JAN. 8, 2007 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: #2 FLORIDA vs. #1 OHIO STATE GLENDALE, AZ FLORIDA, 41–14
OCT. 27, 2007 #1 OHIO STATE at #25 PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK, PA OHIO STATE, 37–17
NOV. 17, 2007 #7 OHIO STATE at #23 MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR, MI OHIO STATE, 14–3
JAN. 7, 2008 BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: #2 LSU at #1 OHIO STATE NEW ORLEANS, LA LSU, 38–24
SEPT. 13, 2008 #5 OHIO STATE at #1 USC LOS ANGELES, CA USC, 35–3
OCT. 25, 2008 #3 PENN STATE at #10 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH PENN STATE, 13–6
SEPT. 12, 2009 #3 USC at #8 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH USC, 18–15
JAN. 1, 2010 ROSE BOWL: #8 OHIO STATE vs. #7 OREGON PASADENA, CA OHIO STATE, 26–17
OCT. 16, 2010 #1 OHIO STATE at #18 WISCONSIN MADISON, WI WISCONSIN, 31–18
NOV. 13, 2010 PENN STATE at #7 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 38–24
JAN. 4, 2011 SUGAR BOWL: #8 ARKANSAS vs. #6 OHIO STATE NEW ORLEANS, LA OHIO STATE, 31–26
SEPT. 29, 2012 #14 OHIO STATE at #20 MICHIGAN STATE EAST LANSING, MI OHIO STATE, 17–16
OCT. 5, 2013 #4 OHIO STATE at #16 NORTHWESTERN EVANSTON, IL OHIO STATE, 40–30
DEC. 7, 2013 B1G CHAMPIONSHIP: #10 MICHIGAN STATE vs. #2 OHIO STATE INDIANAPOLIS, IN MICHIGAN STATE, 34–24
NOV. 8, 2014 #13 OHIO STATE at #7 MICHIGAN STATE EAST LANSING, MI OHIO STATE, 49–37
JAN. 12, 2015 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: #5 OHIO STATE vs. #3 OREGON ARLINGTON, TX OHIO STATE, 42–20
NOV. 21, 2015 #9 MICHIGAN STATE at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH MICHIGAN STATE, 17–14
OCT. 15, 2016 #2 OHIO STATE at #8 WISCONSIN MADISON, WI OHIO STATE, 30–23 (OT)
NOV. 26, 2016 #3 MICHIGAN at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 30–27 (2OT)
DEC. 31, 2016 FIESTA BOWL: #3 CLEMSON vs. #2 OHIO STATE GLENDALE, AZ CLEMSON, 31–0
AUG. 31, 2017 #2 OHIO STATE at INDIANA BLOOMINGTON, IN OHIO STATE, 49–21
SEPT. 9, 2017 #6 OKLAHOMA at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OKLAHOMA, 31–16
OCT. 28, 2017 #2 PENN STATE at #6 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 39–38
SEPT. 15, 2018 #4 OHIO STATE vs. #16 TCU FORT WORTH, TX OHIO STATE, 40-28
SEPT. 29, 2018 #4 OHIO STATE at #10 PENN STATE STATE COLLEGE, PA OHIO STATE, 27–26
NOV. 24, 2018 #4 MICHIGAN at #10 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 62-39
JAN. 1, 2019 ROSE BOWL: #9 WASHINGTON vs. #6 OHIO STATE PASADENA, CA OHIO STATE, 28-23
SEP. 28, 2019 #6 OHIO STATE at NEBRASKA LINCON, NE OHIO STATE, 48-7
NOV. 23, 2019 #9 PENN STATE at #2 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 28-17
DEC. 28, 2019 FIESTA BOWL: #3 CLEMSON vs. #2 OHIO STATE GLENDALE, AZ CLEMSON, 29-23
OCT. 31, 2020 #5 OHIO STATE at #8 PENN STATE STATE COLLEGE, PA OHIO STATE, 38-25
JAN. 1, 2021 SUGAR BOWL: #3 OHIO STATE vs. #2 CLEMSON NEW ORLEANS, LA OHIO STATE, 49-28
JAN. 11, 2021 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: #3 OHIO STATE vs. #1 ALABAMA MIAMI GARDENS, FL ALABAMA, 52-24
NOV. 20, 2021 #7 MICHIGAN STATE at #4 OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH OHIO STATE, 56-7
NOV. 27, 2021 #2 OHIO STATE at #6 MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR, MI MICHIGAN, 42-27
JAN. 1, 2022 ROSE BOWL: #6 OHIO STATE vs. #12 UTAH PASADENA, CA OHIO STATE, 48-45
SEPT. 3, 2022 NOTRE DAME at OHIO STATE COLUMBUS, OH TBD

ESPN executive vice president of programming Burke Magnus told the Associated Press that Ohio State vs. Notre Dame was its first choice of Big Ten games for the upcoming season after Fox selected Ohio State vs. Michigan with the No. 1 pick in the draft between the two networks.

“Fox has the No. 1 overall pick with the Big 10. That has historically and appropriately every year been Ohio State-Michigan. We knew that Notre Dame-Ohio State was going to come to us at No. 2, and then we weren’t going to let that go,” Magnus said. “That’s just an enormous matchup to kick off the season. Labor Day weekend has become such a franchise for us. It’s clear of NFL competition, and there are so many meaningful college football games played.”

Ohio State’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin on Sept. 24 will also be televised on ABC, though a time has not yet been determined for that game. The Ohio State vs. Michigan game will kick off in its traditional noon time slot on Fox.

Kickoff times for the rest of Ohio State’s 2022 games have not yet been announced, though kickoff times for some additional games are expected to be announced later this month, according to an Ohio State release.

2022 Ohio State Football Schedule
Date Opponent Time TV
SAT, SEP. 3 NOTRE DAME 7:30 p.m. ABC
SAT, SEP. 10 ARKANSAS STATE TBD TBD
SAT, SEP. 17 TOLEDO TBD TBD
SAT, SEP. 24 WISCONSIN TBD ABC
SAT, OCT. 1 RUTGERS TBD TBD
SAT, OCT. 8 at MICHIGAN STATE TBD TBD
SAT, OCT. 22 IOWA TBD TBD
SAT, OCT. 29 at PENN STATE TBD TBD
SAT, NOV. 5 at NORTHWESTERN TBD TBD
SAT. NOV. 12 INDIANA TBD TBD
SAT, NOV. 19 at MARYLAND TBD TBD
SAT, NOV. 26 MICHIGAN Noon FOX
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