I hear they’re organizing a football game tonight here in little ole Norman, Oklahoma. #5 Notre Dame is coming to town to play the #8 ranked Sooners. Notre Dame owns an 8-1 record against us. They were responsible for ending our 47 game winning streak. OU only lost 3 times between 1953 and 1957 and all three losses were at the hands of the Irish.
Games like this are why I get excited for college football. We don’t normally have a lot of ranked non-conference games here. In the past we have scheduled some nice non-conference games, but only a few times have the teams been competitive on the years that they’ve visited our stadium. We’ve played host to Miami, Florida State, Alabama, UCLA and Oregon. Only FSU, Alabama and Oregon were ranked.
ESPN is set up outside Memorial Stadium and is bringing the whole world with them. You’ll notice that I don’t refer to our stadium as Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “Gaylord Stadium” sounds like an insult that you hear on the playground in 5th grade. “Hey nice going Gaylords, you lost to an unranked Texas Tech team at home!” Also, I don’t like how the University decided to change the name without consulting or notifying the fan base or alumni. I guess if you donate enough money (and own the local newspaper) you can do whatever you want. Too bad they forgot the original reason it was named Memorial Stadium in the first place which is to honor the World War I heroes. Bob Stoops has a 79-4 home record so you think we could rename it something more appropriate like Warlord Stadium.
I really don’t think that having the World Wide Leader in town really does anything for the game except make traffic a little more congested. Games like this don’t need any more hype. College football fans will probably tune in to this game regardless if they are fans of the two teams or not. Whoever wins this game has a good shot of appearing in the national title game; or at least staying in the national title conversation.
I was going to do a statistical breakdown of the two teams, but I realized that for the most part stats are meaningless. I looked at the Longhorn and Sooner stats prior to the Red River Shootout and looked as if both teams were evenly matched. Maybe with the numbers people we were even, but in reality we beat them 63-21 and it wasn’t really that close. Texas scored 12 points in the last 5 minutes of the game. The stat people almost fooled me into thinking that the two teams were evenly matched. I won’t make that same mistake twice.
Another thing that bothers me about stats is that they have too many teams tied in those spots. Too many teams are tied at 17 for example so if you can just average a few more yards or restrict your opponent by a few less yards you could move several spots.
People who are familiar with Notre Dame say that they are good on defense and bland on offense with an indifferent special teams unit. I’d like to think that OU is pretty good offensively and defensively and we have a really nice returner in Penn State transfer Justin Brown. Brown has also been a pretty nice target for Landry Jones these past few weeks. They seem to really have their timing worked out.
According to MY stats OU’s defense looks to be giving up about 10 points per game. Notre Dame is doing pretty badly offensively. I haven’t looked into too much, but as a team they are scoring 26 points per game. Most of those points were scored on Miami and Navy, but OU scored most of our points on Kansas and Texas so I shouldn’t gloat too much. Speaking of Texas how is it that the biggest athletic department in the nation has fallen so far? They have good coaches and good players. I don’t get why they suck so much. 63-21. Wow. I know it has nothing to do with this game, but I’m still in awe of how well we played against them. Sorry. I sometimes get sidetracked and like to reminisce about how much I dislike the Longhorns.
I hope we can play that well tonight on Owen Field in Memorial Stadium. The turnover margin will be key. ND has a great D-line and a somewhat inexperience secondary. OU looks pretty good in the secondary, but sometimes doesn’t get enough pressure on the QB. Tonight should be different though. ND quarterback Golston has his issues at QB. I don’t think he’s quite there yet, so hopefully we will be able to get to him early and get his timing off.
I’m not going to give out a prediction as I’m usually about 50% on my predictions. Don’t want to embarrass myself, I’m just going to enjoy the day. And the media circus. Hopefully I’ll enjoy the outcome.
Look for me in the stands. Actually don’t try to look for me, just watch the game. The cameras never pan up that high anyway.
Thanks for reading.