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Notre Dame VS Oklahoma: Preview

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The match-up between two top-ten 25 teams will be aired nationally on NBC at 2:42 (ET).  Notre Dame will face the Oklahoma Sooners as they try to extend their 10 game winning streak at home in South Bend.

 

Oklahoma’s quarterback controversy was settled following Blake Bell‘s record setting performance against Tulsa prior to their by-week. Bell seemed to reignite Oklahoma’s high-octane offense they have been known for in the Stoop’s era in Norman. The Sooners struggled offensively during their first two games with Trevor Knight under center. Knight was taken out of the game against mountaineers in the fourth quarter.

 

 

 

Notre Dame is coming off of an impressive battle with Michigan State in which they beat the Spartans, 17-13.

 

 

 

This will be Oklahoma’s first trip to South Bend in over a decade. The two teams met last year in Norman with the Irish coming out on top, 30-13. More impressively, the Irish held OU to a stifling 15 total rushing yards–embarrassing even for a pass happy team. While Notre Dame racked up over 400 all-purpose yards at Owen field and they just might have the Sooner’s number as they are 9-1 all-time when facing Oklahoma.

 

This year will not be a battle of quarterbacks: it is all about defense. Kelly’s teams are 70 of 71 games when holding their opponents to under 20 points. This year he will face a tougher challenge as he is coaching a younger unproven defensive squad. Gone are the like of their defensive studs Te’o and others. His defense this year is giving up 21 points per game and that is just over the number that would swing the stats in Kelly’s favor.

 

The Sooner’s defense is now under the second year of Mike Stoop’s return and they are looking much improved. Oklahoma is the top-ranked defense in the Big 12 and they are ranked as high as the number 5 defense nationally by ESPN. They are allowing 9 points per game this season.

(Bob Stoops of Oklahoma University Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Michael Newberg

Michael Newberg is a sports writer based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He covers OU Athletics, Thunder Basketball for several local and national publications.

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