Ohio State's Season Opener Against Notre Dame Drew 10.5 Million Viewers, the Most of Any College Football Game in Week 1

By Chase Brown on September 7, 2022 at 11:42 am
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Ohio State's season opener against Notre Dame was a massive attraction for college football fans last weekend.

Per ShowBuzzDaily, the matchup drew 10.5 million viewers on Saturday – the most of any college football game in the Week 1 slate. The top-five showdown between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish had ESPN's College GameDay in attendance and featured plenty of intriguing storylines leading up to the contest, helping the game attract 3 million more viewers than second-place Florida State and LSU.

The Seminoles and Tigers drew 7.55 million viewers as the night cap for college football played on Sunday. Defending national champion Georgia's season-opening contest against Oregon brought in 6.3 million viewers in the 3:30 p.m. window on Saturday before Ohio State battled Notre Dame.

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