Big 12 previews: Oklahoma-Notre Dame heads sparse Saturday schedule for Week 5

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No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia (11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN): The Cowboys (3-0) will get their first big test since beating Mississippi State easily in the opener. While West Virginia (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) is reeling after losing 37-0 last week against Maryland, Mountaineer Field will still be a hostile environment. West Virginia has scored 65 points in two games, both wins, at home and just seven in two losses on the road. But those home wins came against William and Mary and Georgia State. If Oklahoma State’s defense can clamp down early, the Cowboys could deliver another rout.

No. 14 Oklahoma at No. 22 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m. Saturday, KXAS/5): While many Big 12 teams have this week off, the few games on the schedule deliver. Last season Oklahoma crumbled in the final minutes, giving Notre Dame a win that helped propel the Fighting Irish into the national championship game. The game was tied 13-13 with less than 6 minutes left, but Notre Dame went on to win 30-13 in Norman, Okla. Today, the Fighting Irish (3-1) will try to top the Sooners (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) in a rematch between two of the nation’s most historic programs. It’s been almost all Irish when the two teams play, however. Oklahoma is 1-9 against Notre Dame. The lone win came in 1956.

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