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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Oklahoma Complete Game Preview
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The script for Saturday's showdown between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame closely resembles the 2012 edition.

Oklahoma enters the contest as the favorite, with Notre Dame familiarly relishing its role as the disrespected underdog.

And like last season's matchup in Norman, Okla., this meeting has BCS implications written all over it. A Notre Dame loss would place the Irish's BCS aspirations on life support, while a victory would keep them in the thick of the chase.

Doing so isn't a remedial task, as the 14th-ranked Sooners are off to their first 3-0 start since 2011, which includes a 51-20 victory against Tulsa two weeks ago. And one would assume having the bye week to prepare for Notre Dame will be a positive for head coach Bob Stoops and Co.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame is in the throes of a relatively uneventful four-game stretch in which a slew of seemingly non-fixable issues has presented itself.

A 100th-ranked rushing attack, a suspect secondary and stagnant offensive stretches have plagued the Irish thus far, particularly during a monotonous 17-13 victory against Michigan State last week. 

Will those issues be exploited and embarrassingly revealed by Oklahoma?

We'll see come Saturday.

Here's what you need to know about the game.

 

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Place: Notre Dame Stadium

TV: NBC

Radio: Notre Dame IMG Radio Network, SoonerSports.com

Spread: Oklahoma by 3.5, per VegasInsider.com

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