Notre Dame Puts 7-0 Mark On Line At Oklahoma

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Oklahoma Sooners College Football Betting Preview
10/27/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ABC
Opening Lines: Oklahoma -9½, O/U 47½
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Head coach Brian Kelly has the Irish (7-0 straight up, 4-3 against the spread) back in the National Championship picture after more than a decade of mediocrity.  Since opening 0-2 last season, Notre Dame has won 15 of 18 contests, and the 7-0 start to the 2012 campaign is their best since beginning the 2002 season with an 8-0 record.  The Irish have failed to cover the last two games as healthy home chalk vs. Stanford and BYU, but their stout defense that is holding opponents under 10 points per game has helped turn a profit for 'under' bettors who have cashed each of the last six contests.  Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood provided most of the offense a week ago with each running back going over 100 yards on the ground.  The offense hopes to get a spark this week with the expected return of soph QB Everett Golson who is probable after missing the win over BYU with a concussion.

Oklahoma Sooners: Saturday's contest takes place 56 years to the day since Oklahoma skunked the Irish on their field for the Sooners' only victory in the series that ND has a 9-1 all-time lead.  The teams met nine times in the 50s and 60s before a 31-season hiatus between the schools came to stop in 1999, Bob Stoops' first season in Norman, and Notre Dame fought back for a 34-30 win in front of Touchdown Jesus.  The Sooners (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) have bounced back in a big way with three straight wins and covers since being upset at home by Kansas State in Week 4.  Landry Jones and the OU offense have amassed close to 500 yards per game and averaged 52 points per game in the stretch to help send all three games 'over' the total.  The defense has also done its part with three takeaways in each game, but that will be difficult to repeat with Notre Dame coughing it just eight times all season and tied for 12th in the country with a +9 turnover margin.  Oklahoma's offense will also be facing the 6th-ranked defense in the country (280 ypg), holding opposing QBs to a 97.2 rating (8th lowest).

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