The Top 25 Non-Conference Games For the 2022-23 College Football Season

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Ohio State Buckeyes

On September 3, 2022, two of the country’s top teams will meet in Columbus in a matchup between two College Football Playoff contenders. Both Ohio State and Notre Dame open the season ranked in the top-5 — the Buckeyes are No. 2, the Irish No. 5. The visiting Irish will likely be led by Tyler Buchner at QB. Notre Dame’s offensive line is very good, and will be blocking for a solid stable of backs. However, the star of the show is TE Michael Mayer — likely to be the top TE drafted in 2023. Defensively, the Irish have stars at all three levels on defense.

The Buckeyes are ranked No. 2 for a reason. Returning six starters on both sides of the ball, Ohio State has a strong defensive front featuring Zach Harrison, Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau. Offensively, running back TreVeyon Henderson, wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba (95 catches in ’21), and Heisman Trophy contender C.J. Stroud — 4,435 yards and 44 TDs — are back. This game could go a long way determining one of the four CFP berths.

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