Berry Tramel: Turnovers the key to an OU victory over Notre Dame

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Not surprisingly, most were about this Saturday's matchup between OU and Notre Dame. Here's a recap of all of the Q&A centered around this weekend's game in Norman.

Oklahoman Modified: October 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm •  Published: October 23, 2012
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The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Not surprisingly, most were about this Saturday's matchup between OU and Notre Dame. Here's a recap of all of the Q&A centered around this weekend's game in Norman. For more of today's chat, read the complete transcript here.

What’s the key to OU winning against Notre Dame? (Besides having more points, of course.)

Well, turnovers are huge. If OU doesn't commit more turnovers, it's going to be hard for the Irish to win. If the Sooners don't commit turnovers, the Irish will be hard-pressed to score much.

If OU beats Notre Dame big time, how does this look for OU in respect to a national championship?

Oh, it will be good. It will help. But the Sooners have to climb over Kansas State. And then there's Oregon. But you could argue that OU is in reality No. 4. No. 1 SEC (I don't think two SEC teams make the Big Bowl). No. 2 KSU. No. 3 Oregon. So the Sooners really have to jump just two teams.

I have not been excited about an OU game more than this one in quite some time ... Are you getting the same vibe in Oklahoma?

Absolutely. It's a huge showdown for this season, a historic matchup, great for history and all those things. Super, super environment.

How healthy are the Sooners? What about Notre Dame?

Can't say about Notre Dame. Haven't kept up. But OU, I think they're probably in better shape than at any point in the season, with McGee back. The O-line looks solid. So it's looking good, health-wise, for the Sooners.

Your score prediction for OU-Notre Dame?

Sooners by 12-15. I haven't settled on a final score.

How much do you think Stacy McGee will contribute against Notre Dame?

Quite a bit. OU has been using McFarland and Walker almost exclusively, so the Sooners need some relief there. McGee will give those guys some breathers.

What are Notre Dame's strengths and weaknesses?

Strengths? Defensive front seven. The Irish are really good. Weaknesses? The Irish can't throw much. It's sort of an old-fashioned offense. Old-Fashioned in a bad way.

With ESPN being in Norman for GameDay, will you speak with any of the commentators, i.e., Kirk, Desmond, etc.?

No. Not me. Maybe someone from my paper will. But I won't. Don't see the need.

This will probably be the most physical front outside of the K-State game. Does Landry try to air it out?

I don't think so. I think OU will pick its spots, but the Sooners don't want to throw 50-60 times. They don't want that Notre Dame pass rush to peel back. I think OU will try to run the ball.

Landry Jones has been playing so well these last three games. Do you see him possibly slipping back to his old ways at some point?

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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