The Notre Dame Fighting Irish is having a surprising start to the season. They have yet to lose a game and they are rocketing up the polls, but the argument from Irish haters is that they have yet to play anyone. That will change this week when the Irish head to Norman Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in a marquee matchup.
Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma Odds: The top-rated sportsbook agree that Notre Dame is overrated.
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A quick look at the college football consensus shows that the public agrees that the Irish are overrated as 63 percent of the early betting action is on the Sooners. The money is coming in so quickly, the line has already moved and it is as high as (-10.5) at certain sportsbooks.
Some folks are so confident that the Sooners will win, they have made it their Lock of the Week.
If the Irish have any hopes of stopping the Sooners it all starts with getting to Sooners quarterback Landry Jones. Jones is protected by a tough offensive line that has only allowed 10 sacks on the season, but will arguably be the toughest front seven they have seen all year.
Coach Brian Kelly will send his dogs after Jones early and often and it all starts with the play of Manti Te’o the leader of the Irish offense. Look for the defense to implement a zone and stunt Stephon Tuitt, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Sheldon Day and Louis Nix III to show Jones different looks and force him into turnovers. The Irsh defense has been tougher than any defense in the country outside of Alabama and they will be up to this stiff test on Saturday.
The Sooners will get a boost from the reinstatement of defensive tackle Stacy McGee for this game. However it will take some time for McGee to get into playing mode. He has practiced with the scout team, yet he won’t be ready for the game speed.
Irish quarterback Everett Golson missed the game against BYU after getting a concussion in a game against Stanford, but all signs point to the youngster starting against Oklahoma.
Golson has started five of seven games for the Irish, throwing for 968 yards and four touchdowns with a 124.1 pass efficiency rating. Backup Tommy Rees has played in six games, thrown 41 passes and has a 138.4 efficiency rating in his stints.
The Sooners are off a stout defensive effort which is hard to duplicate as the Sooners are 2-5 sagainst the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
The Fighting Irish are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
This is a statement game for the Irish and they will make a big statement against the Sooners this weekend as they have a realistic chance to win this game on the field.
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