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Tips For Notre Dame Oklahoma Betting – Notre Dame Puts Its Perfect Record On The Line

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/23/2012 6:54:01 PM

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are still in the national title race, but the Oklahoma Sooners are playing a better brand of ball right now. A terrific intersectional contest emerges in week nine.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Oklahoma Sooners – Saturday, October 27    
Betting line: Oklahoma -10

Why Notre Dame Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts know that when they do their homework and go over the important matchups in this game, they will emphasize the confrontation between Notre Dame's defense and Oklahoma's offense. This is a game-within-the-game that the Irish hope they can win, and it's a battle they need to win. It's also a battle they can indeed win.
Notre Dame has not allowed more than 17 points to any opponent this season. Its defense went a month and a half – from Sept 8. against Purdue until Oct. 20 against BYU – without allowing a touchdown. The Fighting Irish were that dominant on the defensive side of the ball. They have stuffed other teams' rushing attacks and have forced opposing quarterbacks into predictable passing situations. The Irish's secondary has been able to feast on subpar quarterbacks, racking up interceptions on a fairly regular basis and enabling Notre Dame to maintain leads or – at the very least – not fall behind by more than one score at any point in a game.

The Irish can rely on running the ball, gaining superior field position, wearing teams down in the fourth quarter, and making clutch plays at crunch time to win close games. That's the Notre Dame formula, and it has given coach Brian Kelly's team a considerable comfort zone despite the fact that Kelly is an offense-first coach and quarterback guru who has not gotten much of any production from his offense in 2012. Notre Dame has scored more than 20 points only twice this season. It is really rather remarkable that the Fighting Irish are unbeaten at this point.

Why Oklahoma Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus look at the other side of the coin, they will say that Oklahoma's offense should be able to outmaneuver Notre Dame's defense.

One has to realize that while the Fighting Irish have been great on defense this year, they have not faced quality offenses. Oklahoma could very well break that pattern. If Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones establishes any appreciable degree of comfort as a pocket passer, Notre Dame will be in trouble. The Irish will not be able to win a high-scoring game… not on the road and at night against a high-level Sooner defense that is in very good hands under the guidance of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the brother of OU head coach Bob Stoops. The nation will be anxious to see if Notre Dame's defense can play at an even higher level and shut down Oklahoma, enabling the Fighting Irish to remain unbeaten. If Notre Dame's defense can't force turnovers, however, the Irish will almost certainly go down to defeat.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that Notre Dame has been living the good life this season, winning squeaker after squeaker at home despite getting precious little production from its offense. The Fighting Irish will run out of luck this week, and Oklahoma will take full advantage.

College Football Betting Pick: Oklahoma



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