Something has to give on Saturday when the immovable meets the unstoppable.
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When the final whistle blows, it will be No. 5 Notre Dame's stifling defense that budges, as the Irish are going to fall to No. 8 Oklahoma and their high-powered offense at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla.
I'm not disputing the fact that Notre Dame has one of the best defenses in the country. Manti Te'o and the Fighting Irish have been absolute studs, not allowing more than 17 points in any game this season.
However, that's going to change on Saturday, as Notre Dame's defense has yet to face an offense quite as well-rounded and explosive as Oklahoma's.
Running the ball against Notre Dame has been a daunting task for teams thus far in 2012.
There is one team in the country that hasnt allowed a rushing TD.. the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. #NDvsOU— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2012
But Stanford ran the ball effectively against the Fighting Irish two weeks ago, picking up 147 yards on the ground in their 17-14 overtime loss.
It can be done.
With Oklahoma averaging nearly six yards a carry and scoring 20 touchdowns on the ground, it will find some semblance of success against the Notre Dame defense.
All Oklahoma needs, really, is some semblance of success on the ground in order to open up passing lanes for its offense to get on a roll.
Notre Dame is going to find it incredibly difficult to stop Landry Jones from getting the ball into the hands of his explosive weapons on the outside, namely Kenny Stills, Justin Brown and Sterling Shepard.
Only No. 3 Kansas State was able to pull that off, and that was more than a month ago.
Notre Dame can't stop Oklahoma from moving the ball on the ground and through the air—the Sooners are going to score points, one way or the other.
With the Fighting Irish offense being mediocre at best and going up against a stout Oklahoma defense, Notre Dame's defense will be under enormous pressure to keep the Sooners from coming anywhere near their season scoring average.
It's simply too much for the Irish to handle.