Past is present when ND, OU meet

Originally Published: October 26, 2012
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Here it is, right where we need it, an almost-late-season intersectional test of two top-10 teams. Games like this are rare. They come our way only when Notre Dame is involved, and the Fighting Irish haven't breathed the thin air of national contention this close to Halloween in a decade.

Here it is, a game untainted by the emotion of annual conference rivalry, a football test as pure as if it were conducted by guys in white lab coats. The rivalry on the field exists only in the ...

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