Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Oklahoma RB Damien Williams
Oklahoma, since losing at home to Kansas State, has been incredibly impressive. You can go ahead and place me in the group that believes the Sooners got a huge wake-up call in that game.
The Sooners have been a flat-out different team since that day. Bob Stoops has lit a fire underneath his players' collective backsides and they are playing with purpose and focus.
The player that has most impressed me has been running back Damien Williams.
He didn't get many carries against Kansas, but his systematic dissection of the Texas Longhorns front seven in the Red River Rivalry was beautiful to watch.
What about Notre Dame?
I don't want to dance around the issue, so lets just get this out in the open: Notre Dame is overrated.
I'm sorry, Irish fans, but Notre Dame is not a top five team, plain and simple.
The Fighting Irish have three "notable" wins this season: An upset over a then Top 10 Michigan State team that is currently 4-4, a squeaker over a very average Michigan team, and an overtime win over a very average Stanford team.
I'm not buying it.
Notre Dame will win if...Oklahoma doesn't show up prepared.
As unlikely as that scenario may be, it's not impossible.
Bob Stoops teams have fallen flat on their faces in big games before, and Notre Dame has the defense to keep them in the game even if they don't.
Oklahoma will win if... they score 20 or more points.
As good as Notre Dame's defense is, their offense is very average. Oklahoma's defense is very good, and I really can't imagine a scenario (that doesn't involve multiple Sooner turnovers) in which the Irish score more than 20 in Norman.
The line: Oklahoma -12
Oklahoma has a few suspensions (most notably Jaz Reynolds), but otherwise are pretty healthy.
QB Everett Golson should be back for Notre Dame after suffering a mild concussion against BYU last week.
My predicton: Oklahoma's powerful offense will eventually wear down Notre Dame's defense, and Notre Dame will be unable to keep up offensively.
The Irish simply do not match up well against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma 33 - Notre Dame 17