October 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm EST
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.