Forty years ago this week, Sept. 29, 1973, an OU quarterback made his second career start on quite the big stage. Steve Davis completed just one of six passes that night, but he rushed for over 100 yards and the Sooners as a team ran for 330 as OU tied No. 1-ranked Southern Cal 7-7.
Now another OU quarterback, Blake Bell, makes his second career start. If the Sooners on Saturday can rush for half the total that OU achieved against USC in 1973, they will leave another hallowed college ground with something Davis and Barry Switzer did not. A victory.
But not even the unflappable Davis was a finished product that night in the Los Angeles Coliseum. How much better OU's chances would be Saturday at Notre Dame if Bell was making his fourth start, instead of his second.
OU is a 3 1/2-point favorite. The Fighting Irish have not been impressive in going 2-1 against the Big Ten trio of Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State. But at least the Irish have been tested. The Sooners have not.
Notre Dame has the more experienced quarterback. Tommy Rees has made 22 career starts. Let's go with the Irish in the upset.