Friday, September 27, 2013
Notre Dame and Oklahoma In Amazingly Similar Situations
Thinking about this game with Notre Dame and Oklahoma, it is amazing how similar the situation is for both teams. And no, I am not talking about how they both touch a sign that says Play Like a Champion Today. They are similar because this is the first of a series of 3 straight tough games. After this game, the Fighting Irish have their Shamrock Series game in Arlington, Texas against a very good Arizona State team while the Sooners begin the heart of their Big 12 schedule against TCU who is always tough.
That is followed by both teams playing their arch-rivals. Notre Dame will host USC while Oklahoma hosts Texas. While both the Trojans and Longhorns appear to be a bit down, you can never take for granted a big rivalry like Notre Dame-USC and Oklahoma-Texas.
Then both teams face some winnable opponents before ending the season with two tough games. For the Irish, they have Air Force, Navy, and Pittsburgh, while the Sooners will have Kansas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Iowa State. No disrespect to any of those programs because they are all good but the Irish and Sooners should have comfortable victories in them.
To end the year Notre Dame has BYU and Stanford while Oklahoma will have Kansas State and in-state rival Oklahoma State. Those are two really tough opponents for both teams.
Based on that, it makes this game very important for both teams. Momentum is such a big deal in college football and both teams want to grab it with what is in front of them. I don't think the team that loses is done but the winning team will get a huge boost.