Sept. 24, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
3:42 p.m. ET
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795); Notre Dame, Ind.
NBC national telecast with Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (analysis), Alex Flanagan (sideline), Rob Hyland (producer) and Pierre Moossa (director).
IMG College Sports is the exclusive national rights-holder for Irish football radio broadcasts. IMG College manages, produces and syndicates the Irish national football radio network. Notre Dame games will be broadcast by Don Criqui (play-by-play), former Irish great Allen Pinkett (analysis) and Jeff Jeffers (sideline). This broadcast can be heard live on both SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio (channel 129).
All games can be heard in South Bend on News & Sports Radio 96.1 FM & 960 AM WSBT.
Saturday is the 234th straight sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Since 1966, every home game for the Irish has been a sellout except one – a 1973 Thanksgiving Day game vs. Air Force. Notre Dame has played in front of sellouts in 282 of its last 283 home games.
Notre Dame has played in front of sellout crowds in 259 of its previous 301 games (.860) overall. Notre Dame has played before 630 sellouts in 902 total games (.698) since 1930.
Notre Dame (UND.com), Oklahoma (SoonerSports.com)
Notre Dame is ranked No. 22 in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today Coaches’ poll. Oklahoma, on the other hand, is ranked No. 14 and No. 12.
Live in-game stats will be provided through CBS College Sports GameTracker via UND.com.
Notre Dame has captured each of the last two meetings (1999 and 2012). The prior eight games in the series occurred during the 1950s and 1960s. The Irish hold an 9-1 series edge (4-1 at Notre Dame Stadium and 5-0 at Memorial Stadium). Unranked Notre Dame rallied past the 23rd-ranked Sooners, 34-30, in its last meeting with Oklahoma in Notre Dame Stadium. The Sooners led 30-14 midway through the third quarter.
The Sooners or Irish have entered its matchup ranked among the top 25 in the AP poll in nine of the 11 all-time meetings (including Saturday).
More on the series is available on pages 2-6.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Notre Dame looks to extend its winning streak to 11 games at Notre Dame Stadium.
12 Notre Dame is 12-0 under Brian Kelly when it does not commit a turnover in the contest. (Page 9)
11 The Irish have won 10 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame has not registered at least 11 straight wins at home since Sept. 19, 1987-Sept. 29, 1990 (Irish actually won 19 straight home contests).
10 Notre Dame has played 18 games decided by a TD or less since the arrival of Brian Kelly in 2010. The Irish went 2-5 in the first seven games, but have since gone 10-1. (Page 10)
9 Notre Dame has nine victories in 10 games against Oklahoma. No school that has played the Sooners more than twice has a better win percentage than the .900 percentage posted by the Irish. (Page 2)
8 Senior QB Tommy Rees has registered eight completions of at least 32 yards. Irish signal callers recorded 11 such passes all of last year. (Page 16)
7 Notre Dame has won seven consecutive games under head coach Brian Kelly when the game was decided by a TD or less. He is tied with Ara Parseghian for third on the all-time Notre Dame list. (Page 15)
6 Since Sept. 17, 2011, only six teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision have won more games than Notre Dame. The Irish are 23-5 over the span. (Page 10)
5 Notre Dame has allowed an average of 18.19 points/game over the last four seasons combined, which ranks as the fifth-best average of any team in the FBS. (Page 22)
4 Brian Kelly is one of four FBS coaches that have guided their respective schools to multiple undefeated regular seasons since 2009. (Page 13)
3 Notre Dame has won three consecutive meetings with Michigan State for the first time since 1992-94.
2 Among college coaches with at least five years of service or 50 victories at a school that was classified as a major college, only one head coach ever reached 200 career victories at a younger age than Brian Kelly. (Page 13)
1 Notre Dame has lost just one time in 28 games under Brian Kelly when the Irish hold their opponent to 20 or fewer points. In fact, Kelly’s teams have won 70 of its last 71 games when allowing 20 points or less. (Page 14)
0 No FBS defense has allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than the 15 by Notre Dame over the last 34 games. Alabama has limited its opponents to 16. (Page 23)