The words ''Play Like a Champion Today'' are plastered on the walls leading from the locker room to the field at both No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 8 Oklahoma, a rich piece of tradition the storied schools happen to share.
Come Saturday night, a rare meeting between the programs will test the championship mettle for both the Fighting Irish (7-0) and the Sooners (5-1).
It's just the second meeting since 1968 in a series that has fallen in Notre Dame's favor throughout the years. Oklahoma's only win in nine tries against the Irish came exactly 56 years ago in 1956.
Three times, the Sooners suffered their only loss of a season against Notre Dame, including the end of their NCAA record 47-game winning streak in 1957.
This time, a shot at a championship could be on the line again.
''We're 7-0 and now we have the chance to be 12-0 and now we have a good team coming up,'' said Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who is garnering Heisman Trophy buzz. ''We can't look past that and we have to j...