Notre Dame vs. Navy fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 27
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Notre Dame (7-0) vs. Navy (2-5) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
How mentally tough is Notre Dame?
Not only does it have to play four of its last five regular season games away from South Bend, but it has to start out against the Navy option attack.
However, this isn’t the Navy of the past few seasons. The running game is still strong, but with two weeks off to prepare, this is like throwing tie Irish a slow hanging curve.
Navy is third in the nation on the ground – averaging over 300 yards per game – but it’s not enough when the defense doesn’t do a thing to get into the backfield and can’t stop anyone’s passing attack.
Enter Ian Book, who stepped right in and connected on 75% of his passes in just over four games, with 11 touchdowns and three picks. The offense might have had a hard time against Pitt, but overall the passing game is working just fine.
No, the time off to prepare for the option didn’t help Virginia Tech against Georgia Tech, but the Irish have had a week off to get ready for what’s coming. Only Wake Forest has rushed for more than 170 yards against this Irish D, and that was an easy blowout win.
Te’Von Coney – who made ten tackles in last year’s win over Navy – and company should know how to handle this offense. It’s about coming up with the key third down stops, not allowing the chains to move, and not get hit by six yard run after six yard run like the Hokies did on Thursday night.
Book will be sharp from the start, Navy’s running game won’t be quite as effective as it’s been over the last few years in this game, and the four game losing streak on one side will stretch to five, and the 7-0 start will go up to eight for the other.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Notre Dame 40, Navy 17
Line: Notre Dame -24, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3
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