3:35 pm
November 6

Navy @ #10 Notre Dame

What will be the GAME RESULT?

Navy: Wins or Single Digit Loss

@ #10 Notre Dame: Wins By Double Digits


Current odds:

Navy Midshipmen: (+900)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish: (-1600)


The line for this game is Notre Dame by 20.5 points.

No. 8 Notre Dame will resume its long-standing football rivalry with Navy on Saturday in South Bend, Ind., after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the 2020 edition. Brian Kelly, the winningest coach in Fighting Irish history, is 8-2 against Navy and is plenty familiar with the Midshipmen’s grind-it-out, triple-option offense.

While Kelly spoke about Notre Dame (7-1) needing to take its time on offense, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said he wants to see more explosive plays and quicker scores. In the past, the Navy offense pushed the tempo with dynamic quarterbacks such as Keenan Reynolds and Malcolm Perry running the show. But this season, Navy (2-6) ranks fifth in the FBS in time of possession (35:30 per game) and second-to-last in yards per play (4.06).

The Midshipmen got one in the form of a 64-yard Carlinos Acie run that set up a field goal in last Friday’s 20-17 comeback win over Tulsa. It marked the first game this season that Navy did not complete a pass, but the running game gained 302 yards on 60 carries.

Navy’s defense also is gaining confidence after yielding its lowest scoring output of the year to Tulsa, one week after holding No. 2 Cincinnati to 27 points.

Kelly praised Navy defensive captain Diego Fagot, who leads his team with 71 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. But Fagot and company will have a big challenge Saturday coping with a suddenly awakened Notre Dame running game. In Saturday’s 44-34 win over North Carolina, Notre Dame had 293 yards on the ground, with rushing touchdowns from three different players, buoyed by Kyren Williams’ 91-yard touchdown dash in the fourth quarter.

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#10 Notre Dame: Wins By Double Digits