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Thursday, October 25, 2012
What to Watch: Week 9 at Oklahoma

By Matt Fortuna

Here are three things to keep an eye out for Saturday night.

1. Deep throw early. Look for Chris Brown to make an early cameo and for Everett Golson to try to hit him behind the secondary early. That could do wonders for the offense and complexion of this game -- if successful.

2. Irish front seven vs. "Bell"-dozer. If Oklahoma gets deep in the red zone, this will be very fun to watch. A Notre Dame defense whose biggest win has come on a goal-line stand going up against a 6-foot-5, 254-pound freshman quarterback? Football in its purest form.

3. A composed Golson. Don't expect the young QB to get rattled by the hostile environment or turn it over multiple times. He already handled a trip to then-No. 10 Michigan State very well. The problem, of course, is that Oklahoma is much better than MSU, and a sound game might not be enough, though I don't expect any Tommy Rees appearances Saturday.