Ohio State Announces ND Series

Ohio State has added another marquee matchup to its future schedules. Notre Dame will be on the slates in 2022 and 2023, joining such schools as Oregon, Texas and Oklahoma as future nonconference squads the Buckeyes will face.

Ohio State's quest to continue beefing up its nonconference schedules continued Thursday afternoon when the school announced a two-game series with Notre Dame set for 2022 and 2023.

The first game will take place in Columbus on Sept. 3, 2022 with the return game in South Bend set for Sept. 23 the next year.

“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.”

"I am excited we are able once again to bring these two programs together on the football field," Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick said. "Football games between Notre Dame and Ohio State make great sense from a strength-of-schedule standpoint. In addition, with Gene Smith having both played and coached football at Notre Dame -- and with Urban Meyer having served as an assistant football coach at Notre Dame -- there are some obvious, high-profile connections between our two institutions."

BSB had reported in August that OSU AD Gene Smith was in favor of adding his alma mater to the schedule.

The rivalry began in 1935 with the first “Game of the Century” as Notre Dame’s Bill Shakespeare – “The Bard of South Bend” – threw the winning TD pass in the final minute to complete a frantic 18-13 comeback win.

Notre Dame completed the sweep a year later with a 7-2 win in South Bend, and the teams didn’t play for six decades until they appeared back on the schedule in 1995 and ’95.

OSU famously won both, as the ’95 game had its fair share of notable pictures and big plays as the Buckeyes pulled away for a 45-26 win. A year later, the result was the same in South Bend, as the Buckeyes took an early lead and held on for a 29-16 victory.

The tiebreaker came in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, as Ohio State used an explosive offense – 617 yards worth, in fact – and a strong defense to post a 34-20 victory.

Ohio State's 2022 schedule now includes both a trip to Texas and a home game with the Irish, while in 2023, the Buckeyes will host Boston College and the Longhorns before its trip to ND.

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