Sech is staying at a local motel. He attended the Michigan game and the Miami game.
“I’m used to hostile, even unfriendly environments,” he said.
But in Oklahoma, he expects hospitality.
“We’re such big underdogs,” he said. “We’re loose.”
He hopes that relaxed feeling will lead the Fighting Irish to a victory.
At the RV park at Lloyd Noble, the university flags were out and many RVs were the sites of tailgate parties, some of which will continue right up to game time. Many fans said they were planning to eat and party Friday night on Campus Corner.
One group of grad students from Notre Dame said they got tickets a year and a half ago, as soon as the game was posted.
“We knew we had to come,” one student said. “I think it’s the tradition. You know it’s going to be a good game. College GameDay is here. You get to watch two national contenders.”
“Everyone has been very welcoming,” they said. “We really couldn’t ask for a better experience.”
One set-up bearing Notre Dame emblems is decked with American and Texan flags. There’s meat in the smoker and beer in the coolers.
“We’re Notre Dame fans who know where to get barbecue,” they said.
Another group said they drove straight through for 15 hours from South Bend, Ind.
“We’re excited to be here,” they said.
That’s the word for the weekend. And everyone is expressing, that, while they are hoping for victory for their team, they want a good game, a hard-fought game. The kind of game the two universities are known for.
It’s been years since the two teams have met, but they will meet again next year in Indiana.
“I’m coming to South Bend next year,” one OU fan told a group of Notre Dame fans. “Welcome to Oklahoma. Look for me next year at South Bend.”
And the tradition of “intermittent rivalry” continues.