Navy vs. Notre Dame: Tommy Rees and 5 Reasons Irish Will Get Win

Antonio BonkalskiContributor IIIOctober 28, 2011

Navy vs. Notre Dame: Tommy Rees and 5 Reasons Irish Will Get Win

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    Notre Dame go into Saturday with a record of 4-3, which coming into the season is much worse than anyone predicted.

    Navy comes into the rivalry game with a 2-5 record, but with the previous lack of success against Navy, the Irish should not overlook the Midshipmen because of their record.

    On a two-game win streak against the Irish, the Midshipmen are looking to extend it to three, while the Irish are trying to gain some consistency on the season and end their losing streak against Navy.

    Here are five reason why the Irish will get the win.

Tommy Rees

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    Tommy Rees is looking to come back from a bad performance against the Trojans last week, where he threw for 190 yards and an interception.

    Rees will be important for the Notre Dame offense and will be a factor in the game as the Navy defense allows opposing teams to score many times.

    Notre Dame will need Rees to show that he can perform and going against a poor Navy defense, it looks like this could be the week for Rees to gain some confidence in himself again.

    The loss against the Trojans left a sour taste in Rees' mouth, so look for him to come out firing.

End the Losing Streak

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    Navy comes into the game on two streaks: one losing, one winning.

    Navy is on a five-game skid this season heading into Notre Dame Stadium and is looking to get back in the winning column, but they are also on a winning streak.

    The Midshipmen are riding a two-game win streak against the Irish, and Notre Dame is no longer overlooking the Navy team after falling two years in a row.

    Last year, Navy's triple option ran all over the Irish, and this year the Irish will be more prepared to stop it.

    The Irish will also be coming off a terrible loss to USC and will take their frustrations out on Navy, which will ensure that the Irish will come out victorious.

Irish Defense

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    The Irish's defensive line is depleted coming into this game, but experience is the key.

    This season, the Irish have had experience playing teams that utilize the triple option.

    When the Irish faced the Air Force Falcons, the defensive starters played well in stopping the triple-option attack, or at least enough to win the game.

    This week is no different. Their defense will be stacking up the box because Navy will most likely rely on their third-ranked running game to establish offense because they will have a quarterback making his first career start.

    Look for the Irish to stop the run game then feast on the inexperienced Navy quarterback.

Michael Floyd

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    Michael Floyd had another silent game last week when he played the Trojans and will be looking to get more targets in the offensive game plan.

    Last week he caught four passes for 28 yards. The only game he played worse this season was when he had 27 yards against Pittsburgh.

    If history has anything to do with it, he will have a huge game this week. After his 27-yard game against Pitt, Floyd had a monster game against Purdue in which he caught 12 balls for 137 yards and a touchdown.

    Look for Floyd to be involved in the offense more this week and provide monster numbers to help the Irish on their way to victory. 

Need for a Win

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    Last week left a sour taste in the mouths of the Irish. Notre Dame fell to a weaker USC team and played horribly in doing so.

    This week, Notre Dame will have so much built up frustration that they will throw it all on the field and Navy will be the team in their path.

    They are in need of a win and will do what it takes this week to get it. They are also in need of a win versus Navy and will make sure that the Midshipmen will not leave Saturday with a three-game win streak against them.

    Look for Notre Dame to come out feisty on both ends of the ball. They will capitalize on chances and will not turn the ball over after seeing USC's Jawanza Starling return a fumble for a touchdown.

    The fact is that Notre Dame cannot afford a loss to Navy, and they will end up victorious in front of their home crowd.