BWI AIRPORT, Md. — Ryan Aber and I took off on our trip to Notre Dame this morning with an interesting flight itinerary — Oklahoma City to Chicago, with a two-hour layover in Baltimore, because that totally makes sense, right?
Regardless, here we are, so I figured this is as good a time as any to post a blog or two.
Over the last week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has bristled at the notion that Saturday’s game in South Bend is more important than any other game on the Sooners’ 2013 schedule. His brother and defensive coordinator, Mike Stoops, repeated the claim Monday after practice.
Does anyone really think the Sooner coaches believe that, though? This is a monster game for Oklahoma, and for a variety of reasons.
Apparently, Bob Stoops didn’t get his talking points passed out to everyone in the Switzer Center, though. Senior center Gabe Ikard said the Notre Dame contest will be a pivotal one for this team and “could point our season in one direction or the other.”
Also during the bye week, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell shot down the idea that this is just another game.
“This is a special game,” Norvell said. “We’d be lying if we say it’s just another game. It’s not. You don’t get to play in South Bend very often.”
For more on the special games Oklahoma has played and the special places the Sooners have visited over the past several seasons, be sure to check out The Oklahoman on Friday for our Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma special section. Aber is quarterbacking a big package on the college football “passport” players leave school with after a career at Oklahoma.