It wouldn’t be a Notre Dame football season without the Fighting Irish meeting Navy. The two programs, whose history goes well beyond the gridiron, have met every year since 1927. Notre Dame won 43 straight games in the series before the Midshipmen won three of four between 2007 and 2010.
The Irish have righted the ship (no pun intended), taking a three-game winning streak in the series into November’s clash at FedEx Field, one of three neutral-site games Notre Dame will play this season. A back-and-forth shootout last season in South Bend saw the Irish defense force a late turnover on downs to preserve a 38-34 victory.
The Mids return their star, quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who set the NCAA record last season for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. The Irish benefit from having two weeks to prepare for the triple-option attack, their first pre-Navy bye (not including the 2012 season opener) since 2007.
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Navy open spring practice Mar. 17 and will tentatively hold their spring game Apr. 11. Let’s drop our preview anchor in Annapolis and take a look at the Midshipmen.
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