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Notre Dame braces for big challenge from Oklahoma

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ran out of words when describe the challenge the No. 22 Irish (3-1) face when they play host to No. 14 Oklahoma (3-0) on Saturday.

Kelly opened his Tuesday press conference running down Oklahoma's strengths from how coach Bob Stoops prepares the Sooners to a deep receiving corps and dual-threat quarterback Black Bell – who are averaging 218.7 passing yards – to a strong defense that is holding teams to nine points per game and 291.3 yards.

"I don't know of any more superlatives that I can use," Kelly said. "It's just a well-coached, deep and talented football team. We're going to have to play extremely well.

"We're going to have to be in great position, extremely disciplined across the board and play our best game of the season."

Notre Dame had one of its best games of the season last year when the Irish went to Norman, Okla., and defeated the Sooners 30-13, scoring 17 unanswered points in the last five minutes to seal the win.

Kelly said that victory could help the Irish prepare for this year's meeting.

"I thought we played very well, yeah," Kelly said. "I thought defensively our game plan was to keep the ball in front of us, minimize the big plays. I think that's going to have to be the case again. I think offensively we were able to find a way to run the ball into a very difficult box look and eke out a couple of big plays. I think you're going to have to see a similar kind of effort. It's going to have to be our best game of the year in all phases, including special teams. And we certainly know that because we've played Oklahoma before, and we know what to expect."

Kelly also said even though Notre Dame will have a "green out" at the stadium, fans are encouraged to wear green, the team will not wear its green jerseys.

"But the Leprechaun Legion and the Kelly Cares Foundation will be giving out upwards of 40,000 pompons," Kelly said. "Yes, it's a 'green out' officially this weekend for Oklahoma."

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