Notre Dame vs Navy: Previewing Fighting Irish Against Midshipmen in Ireland

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 28, 2012

The Fighting Irish are kicking off the college football season Saturday in a big way: by playing the Navy Midshipmen, in Dublin, Ireland. The Notre Dame faithful expect a win, and rightfully so. After beating Navy 56-14 in 2011, the Fighting Irish know they have the ability to execute against Navy's precision offense; they just have to do it.

Entering this game, the conversation is about the loss of Cierre Wood, the transition at the quarterback spot and of course, the game itself being played at early morning U.S. time.

How will losing Cierre Wood affect the Irish?

What should Fighting Irish fans be looking at when their new quarterback, Everett Golson, makes his debut?

Does the trip across the pond have a negative impact on the Irish?

We'll find out all those answers as Notre Dame jump-starts things early Saturday morning from Ireland.