Notre Dame vs Oklahoma
When: Saturday October 27, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Notre Dame comes into the game with an undefeated record. For most of the season they’ve been shuffling quarterbacks in and out of the game. Tommy Rees started the game last week against BYU and got the win in Everett Golson’s absence. Even though Notre Dame is ranked in the top five, they are the underdog to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Fighting Irish lead the overall series 8-1.
Oklahoma lost one game so far this season to Kansas State. Since that loss they have been hitting on all cylinders. In the last three weeks, they’ve taken out Texas Tech and Texas with easy victories. Their talent is starting to gel at the right time, but they can’t afford another loss if they want to keep their slim title hopes alive.
The Notre Dame leaves a lot to be desired, but they’ve done enough to win every game so far. Everett Golson must play his best game of the season if they are to beat the Sooners on the road. Notre Dame will bring its running game right to the front four of Oklahoma’s defense. Golson who has only thrown for four touchdown passes, might be put in a position to throw the ball early in the game. To win this game, he must be secure with the ball in his hands.
Notre Dame’s defense has been dominant all year long. They’ve shut down most teams with an impressive run stopping front. However, this is the best offense they will face all season. They have to worry about the passing game, and really get pressure on Landry Jones. We will find out if those passing numbers are inflated by the competition.
Landry Jones has reemerged in the last few weeks after his rough outing against Kansas State. He’s starting to put up impressive numbers as he gets more familiar with the new offensive weapons. Will Blake Bell continue to be a force inside the red zone or will Oklahoma use a different tactic? The Oklahoma running game must be able to contribute if they are to pull out a victory over the defensive minded Fighting Irish.
The Sooners defense doesn’t get the respect that other defenses get, but they are right up there with the best. They are great against the pass and have the ability to stop the run, which is Notre Dame’s strength. Their key to dominance will be stopping the Irish on first down. If they fall behind on down and distance, the Irish will continue to ground and pound. If they force passing situations, Oklahoma will have the advantage.
Oklahoma rarely loses at home and they already let one slip away this season. Notre Dame must play a clean game, but if any team turns the ball over, it could be too much to overcome. The Irish feast off of bad passes and have great hands to make interceptions. Landry Jones must be patient to win this game because opportunities will arise.
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