Notre Dame gave up their first two touchdowns in 17 quarters last week in a potential trap game vs. BYU and now travels to Norman, Oklahoma to take on #8 Oklahoma in a primetime affair on Saturday night.
Oklahoma will provide quite the test for the #2 ranked defense of Notre Dame as the Sooners have been giving the scoreboard operator a workout the last two weeks having racked up 109 points in the last two weeks.
The 44.7 points per game that Oklahoma produces is by far the most of any Notre Dame opponent this season and will be the ultimate test for an Irish defense that has inflated their numbers against less than stellar offenses thus far.
However, the Sooners have had zero luck against the Irish in the past having only won one of the nine games played against each other. This is the worst winning percentage for Oklahoma vs. any single opponent in the programs illustrious history.
Working in the favor of the Irish is that Everett Golson will be back as the starting quarterback after missing the BYU game with a concussion. Golson has been prone to some growing pains as most freshman are susceptible to experiencing, but presents a run-pass threat for opposing defenses to be cognizant of when scheming against the Irish offense.
Oklahoma lost their only game against a dual-threat quarterback when they lost to Collin Klein and Kansas State in their September 22nd affair. Although, they only allowed 24 points to an offense that is averaging close to 43 per game and limited Klein to less than 230 yards and just a single touchdown.
The thing that will keep Notre Dame out of a possible trip to the BCS National Championship game and an undefeated season is this offense that has scored more than 20 points only twice this season, and one of those came against Navy.
I think this is the week where the pedestrian Notre Dame offense finally can’t keep up with the pace of their opposition as the Oklahoma offense proves to be too much for Notre Dame to handle as they are handed their first loss of the season in a difficult venue.
Oklahoma wins 27-16.
Follow me on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt
Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on Sportstownchicago.com airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.