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Despite the haters sincere denial, it certainly appears Notre Dame is for real in 2012.
Still, the Irish are facing a huge test headed into Norman this weekend to take on a streaking Sooners team.
Oklahoma’s only loss was a close game against what we know now to be an excellent Kansas State team. In the last three weeks, the Sooners have handily beat a very good Texas Tech team, dismantled rival Texas and expectedly blown out a very bad Kansas team.
Notre Dame, on the other hand, despite continuing to win, has had some very close calls in recent weeks. It took overtime and a goal-line stand to hold off Stanford, and the Irish just squeaked by BYU with a three-point win. And both of those games were in South Bend.
The Irish will once again have a chance to prove to the nation that they are title contenders on Saturday in a hostile road environment against an Oklahoma team overflowing with confidence.