The Oklahoma Sooners have been an up-and-down team so far in 2013. The Sooners are becoming one of the more well-rounded teams in the Big 12 as the season progresses, but there is still a lot of work to be done and many questions left unanswered.
On the other side of the field, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been led by Tommy Rees through four weeks, resulting in a 3-1 record. Notre Dame is not the same championship-caliber squad that it was a season ago and the defense has been missing a leader like Manti Te’o.
The Sooners had been playing the first couple of games with Trevor Knight at quarterback and then an injury set him out for the third game and Blake Bell took over with overwhelmingly solid play. Bell passed for 413 yards and four scores while completing 27 of 27 passes against Tulsa, seemingly taking back the starting job that was once seemingly his prior to the 2013 season. Brennan Clay is the key to the rushing attack against the Irish as he has 262 yards and two scores while averaging 5.8 yards per carry for the 16th best rushing offense in the nation.
As I said earlier, Rees leads the offense at quarterback, but many would argue he is doing a mediocre job — at best. The senior quarterback hasn’t been very accurate through four games, completing just 56 percent of his passes, including just 14 of 34 against Michigan State last week in an ugly win. The offense has not been something to be proud of if you’re Brian Kelly and could be in for another long week against a solid Oklahoma defense.
Oklahoma’s defense is one of the best squads in the country, allowing just nine points per game while not allowing any single team to accumulate over 400 total yards. Notre Dame was once one of the top defenses in the nation, but after a few poor performances, the Fighting Irish are looking for answers. They have been out-gained, yardage-wise, twice this season already.
Oklahoma will travel to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be broadcasted on NBC.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma 28, Notre Dame 20