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Scarlet Sunrise: Notre Dame to wear green alternate jerseys against Ohio State

Andy Backstrom03/18/23
Article written by:On3 imageAndy Backstrom


Marcus Freeman by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman stands with his team for a September game against California during the 2022 season. Freeman is now in his second year at the helm of the Fighting Irish. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Notre Dame to wear green alternate jerseys against Ohio State

Notre Dame made a fitting announcement on St. Patrick’s Day. The Fighting Irish revealed that they will be wearing their green jerseys in Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 23 against Ohio State.

This marks the second straight year Notre Dame will be pulling out the alternate jerseys in September. Last season, head coach Marcus Freeman’s team wore the kit for a 24-17 win over California.

Notre Dame is 10-6 when wearing any sort of green in its jerseys the last 40 years, according to Tyler Horka of On3’s Blue and Gold Illustrated. The Fighting Irish have won five straight games of that kind.

The last time they wore green back-to-back years, though, was 2015-16 against Boston College and Army, respectively, in the program’s “Shamrock Series.”

Ohio State opened the 2022 season with a 21-10 win against Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium, thanks in part to Xavier Johnson‘s go-ahead touchdown reception late in the third quarter. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 5-2. Ohio State hasn’t played Notre Dame back-to-back years since 1995-96.

Kyle McCord says ‘chemistry is definitely still there’ with Marvin Harrison Jr.

Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord has been throwing to Buckeyes star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. for more than half a decade. The duo teamed up for three high school state titles at St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia.

But even though McCord and Harrison enrolled at Ohio State at the same time, their Buckeyes careers have unfolded differently. McCord was the first to start, but Harrison was the first to ascend to stardom.

They have a chance to once again put up big numbers together, this time at the college level, in 2023. That is, if McCord can win the quarterback competition. But, if he does, a long-lasting connection between him and Harrison could come in handy for the Buckeyes.

You can read more about McCord and Harrison’s dynamic here.

Gabe Powers building confidence, progressing toward role with Buckeyes

Ohio State second-year linebacker Gabe Powers is focused on taking things “one step at a time” and learning from the players in front of him, namely All-American Tommy Eichenberg.

Powers, a highly-touted prospect out of nearby Marysville High School, has had to transition from the role of star to mentee, along with classmate and fellow promising linebacker C.J. Hicks.

Powers is hoping to earn himself defensive snaps in 2023 and, in turn, set himself up for a more significant role in defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ system when Eichenberg and Steele Chambers eventually leave for the NFL.

“Confidence is probably the biggest thing out there,” he said. “You know, from Year One to Year Two, my confidence has gotten a lot higher so that confidence has helped me be a better player.”

For the full story on Powers, go here.

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