#9 Notre Dame goes up against #6 Ohio State for the second year in a row; Head coach Marcus Freeman talks Ohio State and Irish Football (Part 1)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 6 Ohio State and No. 9 Notre Dame, two of college football’s great programs and both saturated in nostalgia and tradition, meet Saturday in primetime (7:30 p.m.) on NBC at Notre Dame Stadium.


  • While Ohio State and Notre Dame have been among the best programs over the last 11 years, they stack up against anyone in any decade … ever. Consider:
  • Ohio State ranks second in all-time wins (956); Notre Dame is fourth (942)
  • Ohio State is first in all-time winning percentage (.733); Notre Dame is fourth (.730)
  • The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish are tied for first all-time (along with Oklahoma) with seven Heisman Trophy winners apiece.
  • Notre Dame’s 107 all-time consensus All-Americans ranks first; Ohio State’s 92 is second.
  • Notre Dame’s 525 NFL Draft picks ranks No. 1; Ohio State has 485, which is third.
  • Ohio State has spent 970 weeks ranked in the Associated Press poll, which is No. 1 all-time; Notre Dame is fourth at 861 weeks.
Marcus Freeman Notre Dame head coach giving encouragement at NC State 9 9 2023 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Rob Kinnan of USA Today Sports)

Marcus Freeman Notre Dame football coach Ohio State Week 5 Part 1 9 18 2023 (2).mp3

Marcus Freeman attended Ohio State University (2004–08), appearing in 51 games (37 starts) over the course of his career. He started 26 games at weak-side linebacker and 11 games at strong-side linebacker and was a two-time Second-team All-Big Ten selection. He finished his career 19th on the school’s all-time tackle list with 268 stops (140 solo) and was credited with 21.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, 15 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

In 2008, he started all 13 games at linebacker. He was a Second-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing with 84 tackles (39 solo) and added 9.5 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery and 3.5 sacks. Also named Academic All-Big Ten. In 2007, he was a second-year starting linebacker and a part of three special units and was Second-team All-Big Ten after he totaled 109 tackles 9.5 TFL, 5 PBU. In 2006, he made 71 stops, played 13 games and started 11 at linebacker and was second on the team with six pass break-ups and two interceptions. In 2005, he redshirted. In 2004, he finished his rookie season with four tackles, recording one solo stop and three assists, in 13 games.