On Saturday night, the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish face their greatest test of the season as they travel to Oklahoma to take on the No. 8 Sooners. The game in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman is scheduled to kick off at 8:00 PM ET, with all of the action to be televised on ABC.
The Irish come into this game off of a close win at home over the BYU Cougars. Down 14-7 by halftime, Notre Dame scored a field goal in the third quarter, and a touchdown in the fourth, while shutting out the Cougars for the entire second half. RB Theo Riddick ran for a career-high 143 yards on 15 carries. The Irish held a 270-66 edge in rushing yards, and forced 2 interceptions from BYU QB Riley Nelson. The Notre Dame defense has given up just 2 touchdowns in their last 5 games. Start your College Football Wagering on 5 Notre Dame vs. 8 Oklahoma Game.
The Sooners are coming off of a rout at home of the Kansas Jayhawks, 52-7. Oklahoma scored the first 52 points of the game, all in the first three quarters. That included 7 straight touchdowns, 2 from punt and kickoff returns. They gave up a meaningless touchdown to Kansas in the final 3:11. The Sooners held a 304-124 edge in passing yards, and forced 3 turnovers from the Jayhawks, while Kansas held onto the ball for 21 more minutes than the Sooners. Oklahoma’s first team defense has not given up a point in the last two weeks. The Sooners are averaging 52 ppg over their last 3 weeks.
The Irish are 3-0 ATS lately, and 6-2 ATS as a road underdog. The Sooners are 4-1 and 24-11 ATS at home, and 14-6 ATS as a host and playing an opponent outside of their conference. They are 4-1 ATS recently.
These two teams last met in October 1999. In that one, the Irish won 34-30, but were 5 ½ point home favorites and failed to cover. However, they did turn a 30-14 deficit by the third quarter into a SU win by the end of the game. Check the College Football lines for 5 Notre Dame vs. 8 Oklahoma Game.
For this weekend’s game, the Sooners are 10 ½ point home favorites at SBG Sportsbook. The line opened at 9 ½ for Oklahoma, but the public seems to suspect that this may be Notre Dame’s first loss of the season. The over/under is set at 48 ½ points.
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