Heisman Trophy winners and national champions. One historic blowout. One historic upset. One of the most memorable collisions in college football history.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma have not played often, but they have produced some classics — most won by the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame leads the series 8-1. No team has had as much success against the Sooners having played at least that many games.
The Sooners were ranked in the top 10 in six of those games, while the Irish were in the top 10 four times.
They are both in the top 10 again, and set to play for the first time since 1999 on Saturday night in Norman.
No. 8 Oklahoma (5-1) will try to hand No. 5 Notre Dame (7-0) its first loss and derail the Irish's national championship hopes.
The most memorable game between the two featured just one touchdown.
The Sooners had won back-to-back national titles in 1955 and '56, and had won an NCAA-record 47 straight games. The Irish were coming off a school-worst 2-8 season in which they had been embarrassed at home by Oklahoma 40-0, the most lopsided home loss in Notre Dame history.
The Irish came into that 1957 game off consecutive losses to Navy and Michigan State, and arrived in Norman, Okla., as 18-point underdogs.
"I think deep down we thought we were going to get our fannies kicked," said Dick Prendergast, an end on the Irish team, now a 75-year-old periodontist in Long Grove, Ill.
But he said the Irish were inspired by two things. When they arrived in Norman, they saw signs saying the Irish had no chance against the Sooners. Then when they went to the hotel in Oklahoma City, they were greeted warmly by the manager until he saw Notre Dame had a black player, halfback Aubrey Lewis.
"He said, 'I'm sorry, we can't have you as guests here.' Everyone shut up. We wanted to know what he meant by that. He said, 'Well, we don't tolerate blacks,' " Prendergast said.
Prendergast said the Irish got back on the bus and drove about 15 miles to what he described as a second-rate hotel with one shared bathroom.
"By this time, our feelings were getting emotional. It had an effect on us. Because we all liked Aubrey," he said. "We were really pepped up for this game. It did more to get us up for this game than coach (Terry) Brennan could have said or anyone else could say."
The Irish won when Dick Lynch scored on a pitch on fourth-and-3 with 3:50 left.
The series between the two powers began in 1952. With the score tied at 21 after an Irish touchdown, Notre Dame's Dan Shannon tackled Larry Griggs, knocking both players out and the ball loose. Al Kohanowich recovered for the Irish at the Oklahoma 25, and Tom Carey scored the winning touchdown.
The Irish won again the next season 28-21.
The Irish won a pair of games in 1961 and '62, then beat the 10th-ranked Sooners 38-0 en route to the national title in 1966. The third-ranked Irish beat the No. 5 Sooners 45-21 to open the 1967 season. The final win came in 1999, when the Irish beat the 23rd-ranked Sooners in Bob Stoops' first year.