When you look at the matchup of Oklahoma's defense against Notre Dame's offense, there is one big difference between this year's game and last year's.
He's the Notre Dame quarterback who was suspended in the offseason for an academic violation.
The Irish ran for 215 yards against the Sooners in 2012 (http://bit.ly/ound2012) with Golson scoring a rushing touchdown.
Without Golson at quarterback, the Irish have had a harder time running the ball and become more of a passing team.
The strength of the Sooners defense is its back seven, which includes possibly the Big XII's best corner - Aaron Colvin.
Along with Colvin, OU's safeties and linebackers have been terrific this year.
However, Notre Dame has two very good receivers in Davaris Daniels and T.J. Jones.
That'll be a matchup to watch -- Daniels and Jones vs. Colvin and the Sooner's secondary.
OU will win the battle and make it hard for the Irish to put many crooked numbers on the scoreboard.
Speaking of numbers, here's how the Oklahoma defense has fared this year:
9 - number of points allowed per game
291.3 - number of yards allowed per game
100.7 - number of rushing yards allowed per game
27.3 - percentage opponents have converted on third down
6 - number of turnovers forced
For more on the series between the Sooners and the Irish go www.kjrh.com/ounotredame . There you will find videos from past games, photos, news and more about the 2013 matchup.
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