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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Oklahoma Sooners: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 10/27/12 02:20PM UTC
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in a top-10 matchup. (Photo: REUTERS / Ray Stubblebine)

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in a matchup of two top 10 schools. The game will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.

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No. 5 Notre Dame remains undefeated on the season after a three-point win against Brigham Young University. Backup quarterback Tommy Rees started over Everett Golson, who suffered a concussion the prior week against Stanford. But it did not matter who quarterbacked the Fighting Irish last week, as the squad racked up 270 yards on the ground. Both Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood ran for over 100 yards in the contest.

Golson is expected to play on Saturday, according to the Sporting News.

But it's Notre Dame's that has continued to carry the squad during its 7-0 start. The Fighting Irish are second in scoring defense this season and have not allowed more than 17 points in any contest. The Fighting Irish are also the only team in the country that has not yet allowed a rushing touchdown. In fact, they have not allowed a touchdown on the ground in 38 quarters, dating back to November 19, 2011.

This is even more impressive when you consider some of the top rushers the team has gone up against. Notre Dame has kept three of the top 13 rushers in the nation out of the end zone: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell, and Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor. Those three have combined for 20 touchdowns this season.

No. 8 Oklahoma, meanwhile, is 5-1 this season after a thrashing of Kansas last weekend. The Sooners returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown and were up 52-0 by the end of the third quarter. Quarterback Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma should face a biggest test this weekend against the stingy Notre Dame defense.

But the Sooners are a talented squad as well, ranking in the top 12 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. They have scored at least 19 points in every game this season, including 156 points over the last three games. Oklahoma is also allowing fewer passing yards per game than the Fighting Irish are.

These two teams have not played since 1999, when Notre Dame came back from a 20-point deficit to win, 34-30. The Fighting Irish also lead the all-time series, 8-1.

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