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Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma 2012: Game time, TV schedule, odds and more

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The No 5 Irish hit the road to face No. 8 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Jonathan Daniel

Traditional powers meet for the first time since 1999 Saturday when the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners.

It's the Fighting Irish's first trip to Oklahoma in 46 years. They take their stingy defense against a high-powered Sooners offense that's averaging 44.7 points per game. Notre Dame's 9.4 points per game allowed is the second-best in the nation.

Notre Dame (7-0) is a 10.5-point underdog going into their biggest test of the year. An upset would cement their status as BCS title game contenders, while Oklahoma (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) is looking to climb back into the national title picture with a loss to No. 4 Kansas State on its resume.

The Irish still have five regular season games left, with only Oklahoma and the finale against USC as serious threats to their unbeaten record. Winning at Oklahoma is no small task. The Sooners are 79-4 in Norman under head coach Bob Stoops. Notre Dame is 8-1 all-time against Oklahoma, including the last meeting in Stoops' first season in 1999.

Saturday's game gets a primetime spotlight. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised by ABC.