SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III doesnt know a lot about Oklahomas Memorial Stadium.
But the one thing he does know, he wants to make sure doesnt happen when the No. 5 Irish (7-0) play the No. 8 Sooners (5-1) tonight.
Thats where dreams go to die, I heard, Nix said. Well see about that.
Oklahoma has crushed plenty of dreams in its home stadium since coach Bob Stoops arrived in Norman, Okla., in 1999.
Under Stoops, the Sooners are 79-4 at home, and their only home loss to a ranked opponent came this season when they fell to No. 4 Kansas State 24-19 on Sept. 22.
Its an incredible accomplishment, and obviously, you know, theyre a really good football team and theyve been a really good football team, linebacker Manti Teo said.
But were going to prepare the way weve always been preparing, and were not going to do anything different.
The Irish will experience something different from their last four games as it will be Notre Dames first true road game since defeating then-No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 on Sept. 15 at Spartan Stadium.
The top-10 showdown against Oklahoma is also only the second road game for quarterback Everett Golson, who returns as the starter after sitting out the 17-14 win over BYU last weekend.
But a team that last year experienced the first-ever night game in Michigan Stadium, which drew the largest crowd in football history (114,804), isnt worried about the stage overwhelming it.
We have a lot of experienced guys on the team who have played in big games like this, left tackle Zack Martin said. The biggest thing is to not go there and get all struck back from the noise and the atmosphere and the crazy Oklahoma fans.
You just got to go out there and play your game and try to block everything out.
Notre Dame tried to block out what this game could mean for its postseason position as it enters tonight at No. 5 in the BCS standings.
A win over Oklahoma, which is No. 8 in the BCS, could go a long way in solidifying a top-eight finish, which would give Notre Dame an automatic spot in a BCS bowl.
A loss would put more weight on the season finale Nov. 24 at USC to determine the Irishs bowl prospects.
But as they have done all season, the Irish refuse to get ahead of themselves and keep the focus on improving to 8-0.
Ive been down this road before, Kelly said of worrying about bowl positioning. Youve just got to win your games, and if you win all your games and you have no control over that other than just take care of what you can take care of.
Ive always focused on just the details of the day and then let everybody else figure out what happens from there on out.