Starting a season against a program like Notre Dame is big enough. Now the Ohio State football team gets a little extra added to the storyline to start 2022.
We now know the who, when, and where the Ohio State football team will play their games in the 2022 football season as the schedule has been officially released. The first thing that comes to mind is we are going to get revenge on That Team Up North.
The Buckeyes have tough road games as they go to East Lansing to face Michigan State, to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, and to Evanston to face the Northwestern Wildcats. There will be some physical home games as well against the likes of Wisconsin and Iowa. It looks like the 2022 version of the Ohio State schedule has some beef to it.
The Buckeyes open the season in Columbus against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Anytime you play a program like them it is a big deal. Anytime you open the season against a team like that it is an even bigger deal to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders.
Having lost an early-season game this past year against Oregon will be on the players’ minds to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Now we add it the fact that former Buckeyes will be on that visitor sideline with headsets on trying to take us down makes it a massive start to the season to protect our home turf and remind the formers that we are THE and show no mercy against even them.
Marcus Freeman, the former Ohio State linebacker, has taken over the head coaching job for the Irish, and he brought along with him another former Buckeye linebacker in James Laurinaitis to join his staff in South Bend. There’s more incentive right there for the Buckeyes.
Then there are numerous comments made by Marcus Freeman that have added fuel to an already blazing fire of competition. He may have not meant them the way they came out or the way they were taken by Buckeye nation, but nonetheless, they are out there.
Whether he meant it how it sounded or not, it came off really bad to one of the biggest brands and fanbases in college athletics, so naturally, it started the storm and makes week one of the 2022 season one we are all looking forward to more than usual.
It’s not too often that you get to start off a season with a heavyweight bout. Is it September 3rd yet!?