Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma: Numbers show Irish face daunting task

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have a tough task on their hands when they visit the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in Norman, Okla., where only four other teams have won in the past 13+ years.

When the Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Saturday, history will not be on their side. During Bob Stoops' tenure as coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, the team has a 79-4 record at home. Irish head coach Brian Kelly says that while that number is daunting, it's something the team isn't particularly concerned with:

"We've got so many other things our guys have to worry about, whether they're stepping with their right foot or left foot," Kelly said. "Those numbers are really not something we bring up. But clearly we know how good they are."

The Sooners have already lost at home once this year, 24-19 to current Heisman frontrunner Collin Klein and Kansas State on Sep. 22nd. It was the second home loss for Oklahoma in the past two seasons, so it's possible that Oklahoma's aura of invincibility at home is beginning to wither away.

This will only be the fourth time Oklahoma has faced a top 10 team at home under Stoops. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, the Sooners are 3-0 in those games, most recently beating No. 2 Texas Tech 65-21 in 2008.

Everett Golson will return as starting quarterback for Notre Dame after missing the BYU game with a concussion.

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