Sooners vs Fighting Irish: The matchup between the Oklahoma defense and the Notre Dame offense

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.

Everett Golson.

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 ( 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 . There you will find videos from past games, photos, news and more about the 2013 matchup.


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