Notre Dame sits at 7-0, ranked No. 5 in the most recent BCS standings. They are second in the country in points against allowing just 9.4 points a contest. They’ve only allowed six touchdowns all season and they have a linebacker that is the soul of the team and is recognized as a Heisman Trophy contender.
The Irish have all these things. The questions is, will all of that be enough this Saturday in Norman against Oklahoma?
It most certainly does not.
Notre Dame isn’t back yet. They aren’t going to compete for a national title this year and may not reach that feat for another few. Oklahoma, however, is always back and is as consistent every year contended for the crystal ball.
The Irish’s schedule has played out nicely for them. They played the difficult games at home and have had to travel on the road just once so far, and it all depends on what games you consider difficult. Their win over Michigan State didn’t look as pretty as the Spartans have been the most disappointing team in the country this season. Denard Robinson doesn’t match up with defenses who stop the run and the U didn’t even feel like showing up at Soldier Field. The Stanford win was impressive, but the Cardinals are not near the Sooners talent wise.
Everett Golson will start the game for Brian Kelly’s team, playing in an atmosphere he’s never experienced before. It will be loud, the defense will be fired up and Bob and Mike Stoops will devise a plan to make the young dual-threat quarterback uncomfortable all game.
Oklahoma is hitting their stride at the right time. They are averaging 52 points a contest and quarterback Landry Jones has picked up his play significantly. They will be a whole different monster for the Irish.
Notre Dame will be back soon, just not this year.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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