Check out the Notre Dame vs. Navy fearless prediction and game preview.
Notre Dame (3-5) vs. Navy (5-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
Game Time: 11:30 am
Venue: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Notre Dame had a vice grip on the rivalry with Navy for a long, long, long time, but it all ended in 2007, and Navy even went on a run of its own winning three times in four years.
And now everyone has settled into their familiar roles.
The Fighting Irish have won five in a row in the series, and now they have to use this game to win three of the last four games to salvage the dud of a year and go bowling.
In the midst of a disaster, Notre Dame finally got the break it needed – it finally created the break it needed – getting the last-minute field goal to put away Miami, avoid a total collapse after getting up big, and now providing a little bit of hope to come up with something positive.
Navy has other issues to deal with beyond just a fun non-conference game in Jacksonville.
The Midshipmen are in the American Athletic Conference championship chase, suffering a loss to South Florida last week, but with the West division title still on the table once they get this over with.
It’s Navy, so the running game is working at a whole other level, hitting the 300-yard mark in the last three games – and with 42 points or more in each of the three games – starting with the 2016 season-changing win over Houston, and keeping it going through AAC play.
QB Will Worth has turned into the workhorse with 91 carries over the three-game streak for 445 yards and eight scores.
The Fighting Irish defense has tightened up in a big way over the last month, stuffing Miami for 18 yards last week and not allowing 200 yards on the ground over the last four games after giving up that many in three of the four games.
But on the flip side, what Navy can’t do is stop high-powered passing games.
DeShone Kizer slowed down a bit, but he came up with 263 yards and two scores last week against Miami, and now he’s going to crank up the passing attack to keep the chains moving against a Navy D that allows teams to convert 48% of their third down tries.
Navy will be Navy with a 200-yard rushing day, but the Fighting Irish lines will take over in the second half with the offensive balance tilting the time of possession back in their favor.
Notre Dame vs. Navy Prediction
Final Score: Notre Dame 31, Navy 23
Line: Notre Dame -6.5, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence: 5: 101 mph Chapman – 1: 97 mph Chapman … 3
Must See Rating: 5: November 8th – 1: Inferno … 3.5