Notre Dame Bowl Preview: A Look at Oklahoma State Defense


The 5th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) will face the 9th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-2) in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. to win the Big 12 title match as well.

Oklahoma State has been fueled by its defense all season. The Cowboys rank among the best defenses in the country in just about every major statistical category, and they present Note Dame to arguably their toughest test of the season. In our latest podcast, we dive into the stats and the movie and discuss what makes the Cowboys so good on defense.

From the start, we discuss the general aspects of this game and what makes Oklahoma State so good. We discuss the change we’ve seen in Oklahoma State in recent seasons and how surprising it is that the two best Big 12 teams this season are defensive teams.

Then we talk about statistics, and the state of Oklahoma absolutely has impressive statistics. We show them all, but we also highlight how consistent Oklahoma State has been this season and how Notre Dame’s defense actually has more dominant games, but the Cowboys have been much, much more stable.

This is followed by a breakdown of the details of the defense. We use film shots to examine the basics of Oklahoma state’s defensive roster and what makes it so good against the run. We show what makes them such an effective team for rushing passes and how that plays out against the run as well. Simply put, this is a well-trained and effective defense.

After we break down the Cowboys, we spend some time answering questions from listeners and subscribers to Irish Breakdown.

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Content of the Irish breakdown

The alignment of Notre-Dame 2021
Notre Dame 2021 Schedule

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Offense
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense

Large Notre Dame 2023 class board


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