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COLUMBUS, Ohio — CJ Stroud and the Ohio State Buckeyes open the 2022 NCAA college football season at home against a Notre Dame team led for the first time by former OSU linebacker Marcus Freeman. Kickoff Saturday night is at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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Saturday night will also be the Ohio State debut of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, who is being paid $1.9 million to help turn the defense around. Meanwhile at Notre Dame, Freeman takes over as head coach from Brian Kelly, who left to become LSU’s head coach.

Who: No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Ohio State.

When: Saturday September 3, 2022.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus (102,780).


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Check out some of what cleveland.com’s Nathan Baird wrote about Knowles and the Buckeyes defense working to build confidence ahead of the season opener.

Jim Knowles’ first eight months as Ohio State Football Defensive Coordinator introduces a glossary of new terms.

Adjusters and bandits as securities. The cornerback-turned-cover slot security of the past is now the nickel security. Then, of course, comes the Jack — the hybrid defensive end/linebacker position who actually aspires to be called a Lion, since lions are the king of the jungle.

The most important word anyone said about Buckeye’s defense in preseason camp, however, was “confidence.”

The past two seasons have shaken the unit’s self-confidence. Trace it back to 2020 and the second half against Indiana and the national championship against Alabama. Follow him through Oregon and Michigan’s losses in 2021.

Ryan Day hired Knowles away from Oklahoma State during a State of Ohio Breaking the $1.9 Million Barrier a year to do more than install a system. He needed to rejuvenate a state of mind. For Knowles, these goals were inextricably linked.

“It’s just one thing,” Knowles said. “You install your system, but all the time you build a mindset. You build a mindset of excellence, and that’s how we’re going to do it, and that’s how we’re going to do it every day. We’re going to do it on the grass in training and that’s how the game is going to go.

“So it’s really about expectations. Once the players know you care, they’ll go to the wall for you – and I believe we’re at that point.

Knowles’ eight-month draft culminates Saturday night in the season opener between two of the top five teams in Ohio State history. Notre Dame brings an element of the unknown to the Ohio stadium. A first-time head coach of former Buckeye linebacker Marcus Freeman named a first-time starting quarterback in Tyler Buchner.

Knowles and Ohio State undoubtedly swept away the tendencies of Irish offensive coordinator Tommy Rees. Yet the defense must also rely on the new identity it has forged over the spring and summer. That’s why trust is so crucial, because uncovering that identity is exactly what the Buckeyes insist they’re eager to do.

“They play with a lot of determination, they play with a lot of confidence and they run for the ball,” Day said, again invoking that keyword. “And when you get that kind of pack mentality, that’s when you start building something special on defense.”

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