This morning’s USA Today describes their team’s performance for two decades as mediocre.
Do defensive performances win championships?
National football championship implications have existed almost every time Oklahoma (OU) has played Notre Dame (ND). The best contender for team and individual honors will be revealed this Saturday.
If history has a way of repeating itself, the Fighting Irish will hold-that-line and remain unbeaten for the season and be right to say that ND has never at any time lost a football game anywhere in OK (Oklahoma).
The way I see it is that Oklahoma (5-1) has a terrific quarterback-led offense, whereas ND has the best linebacker in the world with fine teammates. The Irish (7-0) will need a lot of fight in them to hold Landry Jones team’s end zone demonstrations to a minimum. Whose team prevails will also have bearing on a voter favorite of the Heisman Trophy. Linebacker Manti Te’o is now probably holding a slight lead over Sooner Jones.
The two teams meet for the first time during this millennium. It has been 46 years since they have played in OK. The latest game was in 1999, which was OU Head Coach Bob Stoops’ first year. ND won 34-30 at South Bend.
Is it possible that Boomer Sooner has carried a grudge against the leprechaun for 13 years? Does OU have ire for the Irish? Then, would revenge be a motivator for OU?
Which scenario will play itself out in 2012?
A) In 1966, the Irish marched into Norman and shut out OU 38-0. Ara Parseghian’s squad became national champs. Result: ND beats OU and wins the BCS ending with a record of 13-0.
B) In 1957, Coach Terry Brennan’s team was 18 point underdogs and defeated the Sooners (in Norman, again) 7-0. This time the Fighting Irish broke OU’s 47-game winning streak. Result: ND wins this game that breaks OU’s two game win streak.
C) In 1962, ND had two goal-line stands and won the game at Norman 13-7. Result: ND wins a low scoring game, remaining among the unbeaten this fall, and Te’o gathers more supporters for the Heisman.
D) September 26, 1953 was the first contest in Norman; the Irish won 28-21. This game had countless turnovers with a 94-degree day. The immortal coaching matchup was impressive: Bud Wilkerson vs. Frank Leahy. Result: A sloppy game – ND wins by a touchdown and record goes to 8 and Oh. ND’s remaining games are against Pittsburgh (not the Steelers), Boston College (not the Red Sox), Wake Forest (not the Carolina Panthers), and USC (the mighty university of spoiled children) in the LA Coliseum.
E) OU wins by any score.
Note that in only one scenario, does Notre Dame lose.
Note that in only one scenario, Notre Dame becomes the nation’s best team.
What does this mean?
Notre Dame has a 20% chance of shutting OU out.
Notre Dame has a 20% chance of winning the game AND the national championship.
There is a 20% chance of showers on game day.
There is more than a 50% need that I need the advice of my muse. Unfortunately, she is likely vacationing on some Caribbean island with Hurricane Sandy, which has been renamed Frankenstorm.
By taking ND and 11 points, partly because the home team is favored, I have a really great chance to double my bet.
Statistics really do lie. You can create any sort of statistic to try to prove a point.
There is 100% probability that tears will be shed in Norman, Oklahoma, this Saturday. There is a very good 100% chance that both teams will not be in position to play for the BCS Championship unless they win this Saturday’s game.
Great defense yields turnovers, solo tackles, interceptions, gang tackling, offensive penalties, no yards after a reception, blitzes, QB sacks, and sometimes touchdowns.
In my mind, that leaves only two potential outcomes:
I figure that the only way the ND leprechaun is going to beat Boomer Sooner is to demonstrate superb defensive plays.
OU can win the game with their awesome offensive attack.
I hate to pass on an opportunity for free cash. Thus, we will take a second mortgage on our home and bet it all on the Notre Dame Victory March.
Even with a score of ND 45-35 we win! Better paybacks are earned on a parlay bet – so let’s take “ND and under” a combined final point total of 47.5.
Our parlay of “Irish, Under” would win with a final score of Notre Dame 20, Oklahoma 17 or eventually ND 35, OK 10
– or ND 42, OU 3
– or ND 13, OU 10
– or OU 21, ND 14
– etc., etc., etc..
OK, if you insist on supporting an OU win – take the over 47.5 on a parlay. Your parlay would win with a final score of Oklahoma 31, Notre Dame 17.
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In the final analysis, Notre Dame needs to keep its “irish up” to exceed the Oklahoma intense ire of over 82,000 fans.
Regardless, we shall always sing “Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame” win or lose.
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