OU shut out Louisiana-Monroe opening day, a non-name opponent, yet a perceived-to-be-dangerous team. But Baylor had its shot against ULM Saturday and crushed the Warhawks 70-7.
The Sooners held West Virginia to a single touchdown, but Saturday it was not-so-mighty Maryland rolling the Mountaineers 37-0.
OU’s best day to date, a 51-20 victory over Tulsa, came at the expense of a Golden Hurricane team that fell 34-7 at Bowling Green and that only topped one-win Colorado State by a field goal.
Notre Dame may not be great, losing to Michigan and only beating Michigan State 17-14 with the help of several pass interference calls Saturday, but the Irish are ranked, they’re still Irish and they always beat OU except when they’re terrible.
Already this season, Stoops, answering a question about some thing else, referenced how the Sooners and Irish were tied 13-13 in the fourth quarter last time around. But that kind of reference does nobody any good.
What matters is Notre Dame beat Purdue by three, Michigan by seven, Stanford by seven, BYU by three and OU by 17 (and the next week Pittsburgh by three).
There are no moral victories or helpful references available in playing Notre Dame close until the dam breaks.
Besides, the Sooners shouldn’t arrive in South Bend looking to win a close game. For one thing, the Irish are better at it than they are. For another, any OU loyalist, up less than seven points against any Notre Dame team, knows something very bad is about to happen because it always has. For yet another, this is a week to think much bigger.
Blake Bell wrote the perfect first chapter to his career as a starting college quarterback two Saturdays ago, but now he has a chance to make beating Notre Dame the second chapter and he’ll have a shot at Texas less than a month since moving into the lineup. He shouldn’t go out to win, but crush.