Oct. 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; General view of the Notre Dame campus as ESPN Gameday is broadcast before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Predictions: Notre Dame-Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners

October 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST

TV: ABC

Last Meeting (1999): Oklahoma 30-Notre Dame 34

Line: Oklahoma (-10.0)

Lead Editor Andrew Hall: Notre Dame 17-Oklahoma 24

Staff Writer Nick Combs: Notre Dame 24-Oklahoma 21

Staff Writer Tim Colin: Notre Dame 24-Oklahoma 21

Podcast Co-Host Brett Arney: Notre Dame 20-Oklahoma 16

Oklahoma has an excellent defense. The Sooners have allowed 15.3 points per game this season. Their defense has allowed 139.83 rushing yards and 164.3 passing yards for a total 304.2 yards per game. This total ranks them 16th in the country. In comparison, Notre Dame ranks 6th. The Sooners have padded their statistical outputs by playing absolutely incompetent teams such as UTEP, Florida A&M and Kansas. These teams have a combined record of 6-17. The Sooners are only allowing 3.80 yards per carry.

Notre Dame’s best chance on Saturday is to run the ball as effectively as possible. The Fighting Irish have run the ball for 150 and 270 yards against Stanford and BYU respectively. Stanford and BYU are Top 10 defenses. If Notre Dame can run against them, they can run against Oklahoma. Kansas State provides a template of how to beat Oklahoma. Everett Golson needs to do his best impression of Colin Klien this week to make sure that the Irish are successful on Offense.

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