Game Preview: Ohio State vs Notre Dame
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Know the Opponent:
Head Coach: Marcus Freeman (2nd season)
2023 Record: 4-0
Location: South Bend, IN
Ohio State Preview
Notre Dame Preview
Notre Dame is off to a perfect 4-0 this season with wins against Navy (in Dublin, Ireland), Tennessee State, NC State, and Central Michigan. For the first time since 1900, Notre Dame scored 40 or more points in its first four games to open a season. This week, the ramp up in competition as it will increase significantly hosting Ohio State, who are a better talent level than the previous four opponents, and then will play Duke, Louisville, and USC before getting their first bye week. They have played the most football of any team this season, and there could be a chance for how much that will play into their health going into this game. Adrenaline though will be running high for both teams, and the Fighting Irish have a chance to make a statement win that can help propel them to the top 5 and a chance to put themselves in the College Football Playoff discussion early. Marcus Freeman is in his second full season with Notre Dame, and has stepped up this year from last year so far this season.
Denzel Burke. The junior defensive back might be the 2nd best player on the team behind Marvin Harrison Jr. He already has an interception on the season, and has been great in coverage on his 1 on 1’s the first 3 games of the season. Between Chris Tyree and Jayden Thomas, the Buckeyes will need to put their best player on one of those guys to cover, and Burke has stepped up this year to prove he is the right man for the job.
Fighting Irish Spotlight
Sam Hartman. This one should not come as a surprise, as the Heisman-candidate quarterback been just what the offense needed after Notre Dame lost their OC and starting quarterback last year to Alabama (which might be for the better in hindsight). The best chance Notre Dame has to win this game will be behind Hartman’s arm.
Water Cooler Stat of the Game
1996. The last time Ohio State last played in South Bend in was in 1996 as the No. 4 team in the country, beating No. 5 Notre Dame 29-16 in the third game of the season. For two of the most storied programs in the country, this is the third time these two team have played a home and home series.
Ohio State 35 – Notre Dame 17
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