This weekend, Notre Dame is playing in the biggest game on the docket, and things are going to get interesting. The Fighting Irish enter their contest in Norman as an undefeated team, but they are a double-digit underdog to the Oklahoma Sooners.
While some folks are spending their time talking about the 47-game win streak snapped by the Irish in 1957, the real important part of this game is happening with the current players. For the Irish, this is their first test against an experienced, capable, consistently sound passing team. For the Sooners it is about winning another big game after they dismantled Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas in back-to-back-to-back weeks.
Unlike their last two games, this one won't be easy for Bob Stoops' squad. Notre Dame comes in playing stout run defense, a punch-you-in-the-face brand of defensive football, and it is not going to go quietly into the night a la the Longhorns and Jayhawks.
On this edition of The Program, we take a look at the key points to this game and where each team can find advantages. The most interesting of which is: How will Zeke Motta, the elder statesmen in the Irish secondary, lead his group against Landry Jones and company?