FOUR-MAN FRONT A POSSIBILITY AGAINST NOTRE DAME
Before the season, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops played coy when asked about switching to a three-man front on the defensive line.
This week, he's doing the same when asked about the possibility of going back to a four-man front against a Notre Dame team that doesn't spread things out nearly as much as the Sooners' other opponents.
“There's a good chance,” Stoops said Monday when asked if the Sooners would use a four-man front against Notre Dame. “But I'm not gonna give you any percentages on it.”
Oklahoma has used a four-man front for the great majority of 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.
Stoops said Torrea Peterson, Jordan Wade and Quincy Russell were the top candidates at defensive tackle to step in next to Jordan Phillips.
BYE WEEK BENEFITS OU
Last year, the Sooners came off their first bye week and lost to Kansas State 24-19.
Players last week said that was on their minds entering the bye week heading into this weekend's Notre Dame game.
“We had one of, probably, the best bye weeks that I've been a part of as far as practice-wise went,” Sooners fullback Trey Millard said. “We had a lot of good-on-good, just knowing that the competition is going to be good again this weekend and we would have to come out and compete.”
Center Gabe Ikard said it was particularly beneficial given what Notre Dame does defensively.
“Because of the similar three-man front that the defense kind of runs compared to Notre Dame,” Ikard said. “That was very good for us. Had a couple of the hardest practices of the year. I thought we got better.”
SOONERS ON NBC FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 99
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.
NOTRE DAME STAGING ‘GREEN OUT'
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.
TCU KICKOFF TIME SET
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.