Oklahoma football: How big is the Sooners' win over Notre Dame?

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 28, 2013


photo - Fans wait for the teams to take the field before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Fans wait for the teams to take the field before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

We asked our coverage crew for OU vs. Notre Dame “How would you classify Oklahoma's win over Notre Dame? Solid? Statement? Legendary?”

BERRY TRAMEL, COLUMNIST

“This is a big win on many fronts. First, historic. Notre Dame's inexplicable 9-1 series edge was maddening to long-suffering OU fans — and maddening to OU coach Bob Stoops, too, who didn't care so much about 1957 as he did 1999 and 2012, losses that hit a little closer to home.

“Second, this was big for what it showed the Sooners have. We didn't know all that much about OU, after its first three opponents proved to be less caliber than originally thought. But now we know. Notre Dame is a quality team, and the Sooners won convincingly in a tough environment.

“Finally, this game elevates the Sooners in the 2013 food chain. OU is now in the discussion with the Florida States and Stanfords, trying to wedge into BCS discussions. The SEC will have a team in the Big Bowl, in all likelihood, but someone must play the SEC champ. The Sooners showed Saturday that they are capable of making a run at it.”

JASON KERSEY, OU BEAT WRITER

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