“Smells like a 6-6 regular season.”
Freshman superstar and future 1st round lock leaves. Safety Harrison Smith, the glue to a shaky secondary, graduated and was drafted in the 1st round by the Vikings. The Irish had a QB quandary. The schedule was among the toughest in the country, with three games against preseason Top 10 teams (and three more against teams ranked 11-32). And then there was the 3rd year jinx to hit the last three Notre Dame coaches!
Which brings us to Notre Dame-Oklahoma, the game of the week in college football.
Does Notre Dame have a shot? The Irish are 10.5 point underdogs, and Bob Stoops, the Oklahoma coach known for a yearly choke, already gagged one up at home this year (to Kansas State). Virtually nobody is giving the Irish a chance. A Notre Dame win (dare to dream!) would vault the Irish into serious BCS title game contention, with only one difficult matchup left on the schedule at USC.
It’s a classic offense (Oklahoma, 5th in scoring at 44.7 ppg) vs. defense (Notre Dame, 2nd in scoring defense at 9.4 ppg) matchup.
Twenty-four years ago, this could have been Jamelle Holieway vs. Tony Rice in a showdown of dueling options.