NORMAN If there's one word to describe Saturday's Oklahoma-Notre Dame game, it's "cool."
The fact that this is a matchup of Top-10 teams is just a bonus, as is the fact that we live in Oklahoma and follow the Sooners regularly.
If you're a college football fan at all, whether you live in Norman, Lawton or Anchorage, Alaska, it's cool to see Oklahoma playing Notre Dame. Even if you're an OSU or Texas fan, you have to acknowledge the coolness of this matchup. It's like seeing Kansas and UCLA play basketball, or OSU and Iowa wrestle. If you like sports at all, those kinds of games are just cool.
There's no bad blood between the teams. They haven't met at all since 1999 and not in Norman since 1966. I'm pretty sure the guys that played in those games have lost their eligibility. There's no conference championship at stake. This is just a cool game plunked right smack into the middle of the 2012 season.
"It's great for college football," OU head coach Bob Stoops said at Monday's press conference. "It's great for the businesses around here and for our community. They ought to enjoy it. As a team, we don't get to participate in all of that. We go to team meetings and practices. All of that other stuff is just for the fans and the media."
Lucky us. We are the fans and the media, so I'm going to spend the rest of this column talking about how cool this game is, and let the Stoops brothers figure out how to block Manti Te'o. We're done with Bob's boring quotes for today.