Ohio State Notre Dame Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes defense in the third quarter during the Fiesta Bowl in the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016. (Dispatch photo by Kyle Robertson) Osu15fiesta Kwr 35

As the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish prepare to square off in South Bend on Saturday night, the game has already set a record.

Prior to the game, Darren Rovell of The Action Network tweeted “Cheapest get-in to Ohio State tonight, including fees, is now more than $1,000, the highest priced regular season game on the secondary market in college football history.”

Rovell did not specify what the previous highest-priced regular season game was.

It’s easy to see where the hype for the game comes from. In addition to being two of college football’s traditional powerhouses, the schools are located just four hours away from each other, along with the fact that they are both ranked in the top 10.

This is just the eighth meeting between the two programs. Notre Dame won the first two matchups in 1935 and 1936 and then it took 60 years before they would play again, in 1995 and 1996. The sides would not meet again until the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, when Jim Tressel’s Buckeyes cruised to a 34-20 defeat over Charlie Weis’ Fighting Irish, ending Weis’ first season in South Bend with a whimper. Their next meeting would also come in the Fiesta Bowl, this time in 2016 when the Buckeyes ran away with a 44-28 victory. Finally, Ohio State defeated Notre Dame 21-10 in their 2022 season opener.

[Darren Rovell]