Navy has defeated Notre Dame three of the last four years and nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback in the year they lost. Last season, the Mids completely manhandled the Irish en route to a convincing 35-17 victory. So why, you ask, would I predict a Notre Dame romp?
There are a few reasons.
First of all, it appeared that Bob Diaco figured out how to attack and smother the option late in the year as evidenced by the sound beating of Army in Yankee Stadium.
Secondly, the Mids lose a lot of key players including the heart and soul of their offense, Ricky Dobbs.
Lastly, Notre Dame is going to be out for blood after last year's embarrassment. No overlooking Navy this season; it's payback time.
Stretch Meter: 3
The Irish whipped Navy 43 consecutive years for a reason: The talent gap is usually incredibly large and when the coaching gap isn't severely tipped in Navy's favor, the Midshipmen are in deep trouble.
Well the coaching gap has closed and the talent gap is widening. Combine that with the fact that Brian Kelly will be under pressure to make a statement after last year's debacle and you've got the makings of a blowout in South Bend.