Notre Dame-Navy: Staff Predictions

Notre Dame sits at 7-1 on the year which would normally be good enough to have them in the College Football Playoff conversation entering November but due to a variety of things the Irish just to make a run at a berth currently seems unlikely, let alone them to actually get in.

The season continues with the second to last home game of the year Saturday as 2-6 Navy comes to town. As bad as 2-6 is the Midshipmen are fresh off a win at Tulsa and did play unbeaten Cincinnati within a touchdown in their last two games.

Is this one a drubbing the records suggest it could be or does Navy make things interesting Saturday afternoon?

Here is what our experts at Fighting Irish Wire see happening as the Notre Dame-Navy rivalry is renewed Saturday:

Geoffrey Clark:

I don’t think there’s any possible way I could go into the specific keys to this game without dunking on Navy. Like with the other military academies, the Midshipmen are made up of players who are more focused on serving their country than playing football beyond this level, hence the lack of players who would get quality playing time anywhere else. That said, this is as easy a prediction for the Irish since their home opener against Toledo. Although that turned out to be a much tighter game than anyone anticipated, it’s hard to see the Midshipmen keep up with all the talent the Irish possess for very long, if at all.

Prediction: Notre Dame 39, Navy 17

Michael Chen:

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Service academies are never easy games, these young men who not only juggle going to school and playing football but serving our country are some of the toughest SOB’s out there. More often than not, they fight to the end and I fully expect Navy to do the same. The two head coaches, Brian Kelly and Ken Niumatalolo, are both the winningest coaches at theri respective school. Yes, Navy has…


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