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Oklahoma ready to play in Notre Dame Stadium

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will not allow his team to treat Saturday's trip to Notre Dame differently from any other road trip.

"Same way we do when we go to any other stadium, which is nothing," Stoops said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday when asked what he will tell his team about Notre Dame Stadium and the tradition of the Irish program.

"We don't really care. We go to a lot of places. We've been in a lot of stadiums, and they are going to be in a lot more."

What Stoops will focus on his having the No. 14 Sooners (3-0) prepared to finish the game strong against the No. 22 Irish (3-1).

Notre Dame scored 20 points in the fourth quarter last year and got touchdown runs from Everett Golson and Theo Riddick along with a Kyle Brindza field goal in the last five minutes to defeat Oklahoma 30-13 in Norman, Okla.

"I think last year they made all the plays down the stretch in the last six minutes of the game and that's what changed the game," Stoops said. "It was 13-13 game with six minutes to go, and they make all the plays at the end."

Golson is not playing this year after being suspended for the semester because of an academic issue.

But Stoops said quarterback Tommy Rees, who has thrown for , still makes the Irish offense dangerous.

"You could tell his experience," Stoops said. "You could tell he's a guy that's played a lot of football. He's been a starter for a couple of years, and he plays that way. He throws an excellent ball and has excellent control of the offense in everything that they want him to do."

As for the Notre Dame defense, Stoops said it looks the same as last year when the Irish held the Sooners to 15 rushing yards.

"They still look very disciplined, and I appreciate that as a coach, how well coached they are, how hard they play," Stoops said. "They play with technique. They are strong up front. I appreciated the discipline and structure of how well they play."

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