Share “OU football notebook: Four-man front a...”

OU football notebook: Four-man front a possibility against Notre Dame

The Sooners have used a four-man front for the great majority of Bob Stoops' time in Norman but through the first three games, the defensive line has been almost exclusively in a three-man front, usually in a 3-3-5 defensive alignment.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Modified: September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm •  Published: September 23, 2013


NBC doesn't telecast much college football now outside of Notre Dame home games, so it's no surprise that Saturday will be the Sooners' first appearance on the network since the 34-20 loss at Notre Dame in 1999.

Oklahoma is 16-11 all time on NBC. From 1967-87, all of the Sooners' appearances on NBC but one came in the Orange Bowl. Oklahoma lost to Arizona State in the 1982 Fiesta Bowl on NBC.

This will be the fifth meeting between Oklahoma and Notre Dame that will be televised on the network. Those include Notre Dame's 7-0 win in Norman in 1957 that snapped the Sooners' 47-game winning streak and Oklahoma's 40-0 win at South Bend the year before.

Notre Dame's home games have been televised by NBC since 1991.


Last season, Oklahoma striped the stadium for its home game against Notre Dame and repeated the promotion against West Virginia earlier this season.

Saturday, Notre Dame is asking Irish fans to wear green for the game against Oklahoma.

Irish coach Brian Kelly made the announcement Sunday on his weekly coach's show.


The Sooners' Oct. 5 home game against TCU will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on Fox.

The game will be the third 6 p.m. kickoff for the Sooners, who also started at that time against Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia.

Oklahoma is 8-4 all-time against the Horned Frogs, including last year's 24-17 win in Fort Worth.

The teams have not played in Norman since 2008, when TCU was not a member of the Big 12.

The kickoff times for the Sooners other two remaining home games — Oct. 26 against Texas Tech and Nov. 16 against Iowa State — have not yet been determined.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
+ show more

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
+ show more


  1. 1
    Robert Bates' self-reported records appear to support allegations he patrolled before obtaining...
  2. 2
    Dispute: Was Cecil the lion's brother, Jericho, killed?
  3. 3
    An Oklahoma Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'
  4. 4
    Summer well spent: Youths shadow professionals in mentoring program
  5. 5
    Norman residents disturbed after seeing vulgar, racist graffiti on homes, vehicles
+ show more


× Trending ou Article