Notre Dame Looks to Defense against Sooners
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to Saturday night against the Oklahoma Sooners, as a signature win they must have to tell all the doubters they still have, that they are indeed back again.
The defense which has carried the Irish this year needs to come into Norman and be stout. Especially against a Sooner team that puts an average of 49 points on the board. The Irish have a defense that is considered one of the best in the country, and it’s not a moment too soon if they want to stop Landry Jones, and the Sooner offense.
Manti Teo and the gang will need to be disciplined in all phases of defense which means gap control and cover in space. They will have to somehow tune that Norman crowd out and just play the way they have been all year. This game is obviously the toughest contest that the Irish have faced in some time, and that means more than a yearly USC contest. The mistakes the Irish have made this year will kill a team against Bob Stoops who has lost only 4 games in his career in Norman.
I believe the Irish can win this game if they don’t rely on just the defense, and put up some big numbers on offense of their own. Everett Golson who is coming back from a concussion issue will start, and he will have to play free of mistakes. This means hitting Tyler Eifert every time he sees him, clock management, and gets a good running game going. Establishing the run might be the biggest play the Irish can make in this game, and they have the backs to do it Cierre Wood, and Theo Riddick has the ability to put a game out of reach, and if given the opportunities I feel the Sooners might be shell shocked.
This will be a good hard fought battle between these two heavyweights in college football, and it is better since the Irish who are 7 and 0 are relevant again. My prediction is pretty simple, if the Irish keep mistakes down, run the ball, and play a good defense, they will win this game. My prediction is ND 24 Oklahoma 17 and Lou Holtz would probably agree with me .
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