Irish players hoping to continue momentum against Oklahoma

The dust had yet to settle on Notre Dame

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The dust had yet to settle on Notre Dame's win over Michigan State, when reporters began asking Irish players about the next matchup against Oklahoma the following Saturday.

"We want to build on the momentum," Irish running back Cam McDaniel says of the 3-1 Irish as they prepare to face the Sooners. "A 10-home game win streak for us is huge. We want to establish our identity at our house. We've been doing that successfully and each win builds that momentum."

That home field advantage could play a big factor. Saturday will mark just the 2nd career start for Sooners quarterback Blake Bell and his first on the road.

"They have a great passing attack and I'm going to be ready for them," Irish cornerback KeiVarae Russell says. "I'm going to watch a lot of film on them, see a lot of passing concepts and get an early break down on these guys."

Notre Dame will host Oklahoma at 3:30 Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Last year, the Irish went to Norman, Oklahoma and beat the Sooners 30-13. It was one of the biggest road wins for the Irish in 20 years and propelled the Irish to an undefeated regular season.

"We went down there and got a huge win last year so we know they are going to come up ready to play," Irish tackle and captain Zack Martin says. "We have to bring that intensity and "A" game because we know they are a great football team."

Notre Dame knows it will not to succeed in all areas to win and that includes in the punt game.

"Definitely big pinning Oklahoma back because they are big plus team," Irish punter Kyle Brindza says. "They have speed down there. They have the ability to take it down the house. I need to do my thing, flip the field so our defense is able to rally around together and get that adrenaline rush for when Oklahoma comes on on the field."

Countdown to Kickoff gets you started at 2:30 Saturday live on WNDU with the Irish and Sooners to follow at 3:30.

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