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

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 pm window on Saturday before Ohio State battled Notre Dame.

Additionally, Ohio State and Notre Dame drew more viewers than any matchup on the Buckeyes’ 2021 regular-season schedule outside of Michigan, which attracted more than 15 million viewers. The other 11 games last year brought in roughly 5 million viewers per contest.

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