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Will Ohio State be able to beat Notre Dame in South Bend? Follow OSU vs. ND live here

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Will Ohio State be able to beat Notre Dame in South Bend? Follow OSU vs. ND live here

The Notre Dame game has arrived.

After three wins against Indiana, Youngstown State and Western Kentucky to begin the 2023 season, No. 6 Ohio State is making the trip north to South Bend, Indiana for its first road matchup against the No. 9 Fighting Irish since 1996.

Both teams are undefeated, as Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame have wins against Navy, Tennessee State, North Carolina State and Central Michigan to begin 2023.

WANNA BET? Here are the latest Ohio State football odds and lines

Follow Ohio State vs. Notre Dame live here.

Notre Dame wins the coin toss

The Fighting Irish will defer their choice to the second half, and OSU has chosen to start the game receiving the ball.

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Who are the officials for the Ohio State football game against Notre Dame?

Referee:

Larry Smith

Umpire:

Tim Gover

Referee:

Larry Smith

Head Linesman:

BJ Henry

Line Judge:

James Wharrie

Back Judge:

Kevin Schwarzel

Field Judge:

Phil Hicks

Side Judge:

Gaylon Williams

Center Judge:

Bryan Banks

Replay Official:

Nick Baniel

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame spread: Is OSU favored against Notre Dame?

Ohio State will take the field as the betting favorite Saturday night against Notre Dame.

The Buckeyes are 3-point favorites with the over/under set at 55.5 points.

While Ohio State is 3-0, the Buckeyes are 1-2 against the spread, only covering against Western Kentucky last week.

Notre Dame is 3-1 against the spread, failing to cover against Central Michigan last week.

Is Ohio State good enough to stop Notre Dame’s offense?

Ohio State’s defense has stepped up through its first three games of the 2023 season, holding Indiana, Youngstown State and Western Kentucky to 20 points total and 223.7 yards per game.

But is it good enough to stop Notre Dame? Kirk Herbstreit isn’t sure.

“Here’s the thing about the Ohio State defense: we don’t know yet,” Herbstreit said on ESPN’s “College GameDay” Saturday. “They way they ended last year against Michigan and Georgia had a lot of anticipation leading into this year, second year under Jim Knowles. And they have been OK. If you have really watched them, one thing they have not been able to do is get after the quarterback. Now they are playing this game on the road, can their defensive ends… apply pressure and be able to to be a defense that is disruptive.”

What did Lou Holtz say about Ohio State before OSU vs. Notre Dame?

Lou Holtz doesn’t think Ohio State has a shot against Notre Dame Saturday night.

Notre Dame is a better football team than Ohio State,” Holtz, who led the Fighting Irish to 100 wins in 11 seasons as their head coach and a national championship in 1988, said Friday on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “And let me tell you why: We have the best offensive line in the country. Sam Hartman won’t even get his jersey dirty all year. He has time to throw the football… We have great running backs. This team is averaging about 10 yards per carry. We have great receivers, so offensively, we’re set. Defensively, our defensive line’s better.

“You look at coach (Ryan) Day — and I coached at Ohio State under Woody Hayes. We won the national championship when I was there. I’m proud of that. However, he has lost to Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan twice. And everybody (that) beats him, does so because they are more physical than Ohio State. And I think Notre Dame will take that same approach.”

Holtz admitted Notre Dame has not had the best strength of schedule, coming in with four wins against Navy, Tennessee State, North Carolina State and Central Michigan. But he said that will have no effect on the Fighting Irish against the Buckeyes.

“Every day, we get to practice against good,” Holtz said. “We get to practice covering our good receivers. Won’t be much different than covering the great receiver they have at Ohio State. Plus, we’re playing at home.

“You take this message to Ohio State,” Holtz said. “You tell them to bring their lunch because it’s going to be a full damn day’s work.”

‘Let’s go Irish:’ Michigan fans cheering for Notre Dame

Near the end of No. 2 Michigan’s 31-7 home win against Rutgers, Wolverines fans turned their attention to Saturday’s primetime matchup.

Michigan fans began to chant “Let’s go Irish” in support of Notre Dame ahead of their matchup against Ohio State.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game predictions

Will Ohio State end its non-conference schedule with a top-10 road win? Here’s a look at how the Columbus Dispatch staff thinks Saturday night’s game will go.

  • Bill Rabinowitz: Ohio State 38, Notre Dame 27

  • Joey Kaufman: Notre Dame 31, Ohio State 28

  • Rob Oller: Notre Dame 24, Ohio State 23

  • Colin Gay: Notre Dame 27, Ohio State 24

  • Mike Berardino (South Bend Tribune): Notre Dame 23, Ohio State 21

Is Ohio State-Notre Dame an ‘elimination’ game for the College Football Playoff?

Urban Meyer doesn’t believe Saturday’s primetime matchup between Ohio State and Notre Dame is just any game. To the former Ohio State coach, it will decide a College Football Playoff spot.

“I think there is a showdown. It is an elimination Saturday in South Bend, Indiana,” Meyer said on “Big Noon Kickoff” Saturday. “You know why Mark (Ingram)? Because you look at the back end of those schedules, both of them got really tough schedules at the end of the season. This will expose weaknesses. The loser of the game in South Bend, I don’t think they make the playoff. And I think you can mark it in: the winner, they are going to the playoffs this year.”

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame game history

Meetings are rare between Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Saturday will be the eighth ever meeting between the two teams, with the Buckeyes’ leading the series 5-2.

Ohio State has not lost to Notre Dame since 1936: the only time the Buckeyes have ever lost in South Bend.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame: ‘College GameDay’ picks

Here’s how the “College GameDay” team picked Ohio State vs. Notre Dame Saturday morning.

Which NFL teams are attending Ohio State vs. Notre Dame?

Representatives from 16 NFL teams will be at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday night for Ohio State vs. Notre Dame.

Representatives from the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans are scheduled to attend the eighth meeting between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish.

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame injury report

Seven Ohio State players are unavailable for the Notre Dame game Saturday night.

Safety Cameron Martinez will not play in the Buckeyes’ primetime matchup against the Fighting Irish, along with wide receiver Kyion Grayes, tight end Zak Herbstreit, linebacker Arvell Reese, defensive lineman Will Smith Jr., wide receiver Reis Stocksdale and linebacker Kourt Williams II.

No players are listed as questionable heading into OSU vs. ND.

What time is Ohio State vs. Notre Dame?

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

What channel is the Ohio State game on?

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.

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How can I watch the Ohio State-Notre Dame game without cable? Is OSU vs. ND streaming?

The Buckeyes’ matchup against the Penguins will be available on any platform that offers NBC such as YouTubeTV, Hulu Live and Fubo TV, which offers a free trial.

OSU vs. ND is also available to be streamed on Peacock.

Who is announcing the Ohio State, Notre Dame game on NBC?

A former Penn State quarterback will be a part of the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame TV broadcast team Saturday night in South Bend.

Here are the announcers for the Ohio State-Notre Dame game:

  • Noah Eagle (play-by-play)

  • Todd Blackledge (analysis)

  • Kathryn Tappen (sideline)

How to listen to Ohio State vs. Notre Dame on the radio

Ohio State football is broadcasted live on WBNS-FM/AM (97.1/1460).

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio State football score vs. Notre Dame: Live OSU updates

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