MOORE — They are two of the most storied programs in college football history. Oklahoma and Notre Dame have combined for 15 national championships, 1,679 wins and 12 Heismann trophy winners.
Yet, the two schools have only met on the gridiron nine times in their long and illustrious histories. The last meeting on the University of Oklahoma campus came in 1966, before any member of the current Oklahoma squad was born.
The Sooners and the Irish will renew their rivalry Saturday in Norman. And once again the eyes of the college football world will be on them.
“You are excited though because you don’t get a lot of these big games,” senior Justin Brown said. “There are only so many that you get. So you are excited about the opportunity to go out and showcase how hard you have been working.”
No. 9 Oklahoma demolished Kansas 52-7 to win its third straight game after losing to Kansas State. No. 5 Notre Dame held off a scrappy BYU Saturday for a 17-14 win. It took a second half comeback for the Irish to remain undefeated and keep the matchup worthy of the hype that will be bestowed on it this week.
“Big games. One being OU-Texas or OU-Nebraska when they were still here. Games like that, that’s what you come to college for,” senior Casey Walker said. “That’s what you play ball for. You can be the best in the country and just run over everybody, but if you don’t ever get a challenge, how do you know how actually good you are.? I am excited for the game.”
Even before Oklahoma beat Kansas, it was announced that its game with the Irish would be played on national TV in primetime at 7 p.m. With both teams winning Saturday, it guaranteed that ESPN’s College GameDay would make a trip to Norman.