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
“Saturday, Oklahoma definitely made a statement about its legitimacy in several areas. Defensively, the Sooners allowed a couple big plays but set the tone for the entire game with back-to-back interceptions on Notre Dame's first two possessions. Blake Bell showed remarkable poise and efficiency that you might not expect from a quarterback starting his first road game. With Oklahoma State's loss Saturday, the Big 12 schedule looks even less impressive, so a big win on the road against a very good team definitely puts Oklahoma in a good position moving forward.”
RYAN ABER, OU BEAT WRITER
“It's short of legendary but it's definitely a statement win. Perception around the country is that the Sooners have slipped in recent years. This is the kind of win that turns that around. Notre Dame isn't as good as they were a year ago when they played for the national title but the Irish are still a very good team and a win like this elevates Oklahoma in a way that no Big 12 win would this season.”