Game of the Week: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma
TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Notre Dame vs. Michigan State ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.
Why Notre Dame will win the biggest game of week five:
The Fighting Irish looked bad against Michigan State last week. The offense could only muster 220 yards of total offense. After opening the season with three 300 yard passing games, quarterback Tommy Rees managed just 142 yards against the Spartans. As a team they committed eight penalties. But when it was all said and done, they found a way to win. Good teams have a knack for doing that. The Notre Dame defense stepped up to preserve the victory by holding the Spartans to just a field goal in the fourth quarter. Up next is an Oklahoma team it handled easily last year in Norman.
Why I could be wrong:
Oklahoma was embarrassed by Notre Dame last season. You know the Sooners want to come into South Bend and extract an amount of revenge on the Fighting Irish. Quarterback Blake Bell will try to establish himself and wear down the Irish defense. Bell made his first start last week and threw four touchdown passes in a victory over Tulsa. Known more for his running ability, Bell might catch the Notre Dame defense off guard with a balanced offensive attack. Oklahoma is averaging 490 yards per game, and the Fighting Irish defense has been gouged for some big plays this season.
Why you don’t want to miss this one:
Oklahoma is 1-9 all-time versus Notre Dame. The Irish have a veteran signal caller in Rees while Sooners quarterback Bell makes just his second start. This game has the makings of another easy Irish victory. But don’t count out the Sooners as long as coach Bob Stoops is patrolling the sidelines. Stoops has a history of pulling out games his teams shouldn’t have won. The chess match between Stoops and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly should make this one of the most entertaining games on Saturday. Who do you think will win this year’s game?
Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table.