October 21, 2012

HD: All attention shifted towards Notre Dame

The Kansas team buses hadn't even reached the Cleveland County- Oklahoma County border and the focus had already shifted inside the Oklahoma locker room.

Not even an hour had passed following the Sooners 52-7 blowout victory and the questions began to swarm.

With ESPN's College Gameday headed to town and a primetime kickoff set all eyes of the college football world will be fixated on Norman (Okla.).

"We're excited for this one. This one has been not necessarily marked on our calendar but we've all been looking forward to it for sure," said Landry Jones following a three touchdown outing.

"Going to place like Oklahoma it's another blessing that you get to play another great tradition like Notre Dame and it'll be a good one."

For Jones the match-up means a possible shot at redemption after the senior quarterback pinned the blame squarely on his 6-foot-4 frame following the Sooners Sept. 22 loss to Kansas State.

A game that seems as if it was many moons ago following the Sooners recent offensive resurgence scoring 41, 63, and 52 in consecutive weeks.

Though Jones would come short of calling next weekend's tilt the biggest start of his career.

"No I don't think it's the biggest game of my career cause it's not a championship game or anything like that but it's a big game," said Jones who added another victory (34) to his Sooner record total.

"That's for sure. It's a huge game for this program and it's a big game for me but I don't think it's the biggest one of my career."

For Tony Jefferson and his defensive teammates it's a chance to go toe to toe with an Irish defensive unit that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown.

"They got all the talk about who is the best defense and they haven't allowed any rushing touchdowns but next week we get to see who is the best defense and we got 60 minutes to prove that," said Jefferson. "We look forwarrd to the challenge and I know our offense will be ready as well as the defense."

An opportunity that the junior free safety says his teammates should embrace. After all it's a match-up made for television between two of college football's most storied programs.

"I think we should embrace it. It's your time to shine and show everyone not just individual but as a unit as a team where we stand and we got a lot to prove," said Jefferson who lead Oklahoma with 11 tackles versus Kansas. "(We were) shaky against Kansas State and taking that loss but we're fighting back and I think we're fighting back real well."

So let it begin. Take some advice from the one who claims he's about 'whatever man'. Embrace it. Relish in it Sooner fans.

It's Oklahoma- Notre Dame week.

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