Notre Dame appears to boost to 8-1 on the season on Saturday against long-time rival Navy. The Irish and Midshipmen’s annually contest took a 1 yr hiatus in 2020 since of the pandemic, but they resume their rivalry this weekend and will make up that recreation in Dublin in 2023 as we uncovered earlier this week. This is a exceptional recreation every single 12 months and 1 that tends to possibly be a laugher or a nailbitter, typically devoid of a great deal in involving. So which will it be this yr?
What Worries Me This Week
This could be an overblown be concerned based on a rough outing tackling-smart last week, but all the missed tackles final week right away made me think about what would materialize if the Irish missed as quite a few tackles this 7 days as they did previous. Navy thrives on people scenarios, and truly the only way their offense will be able to maintain enough drives to make this exciting is if Notre Dame does not deal with properly and isn’t disciplined.
The fantastic information is that Notre Dame has tackled very well in six of the 8 game titles this calendar year – Florida State and North Carolina video games currently being the outliers. The other good news is Navy does not have Sam Howell. They really do not even have have a Malcolm Perry or Keenan Reynolds.
In general, Notre Dame has tackled well this 12 months, but if they slip again, Navy is the variety of team that will make them shell out.
Injuries/Dress in & Tear
Notre Dame is beat up proper now, and we have viewed negative November performances in the previous on Notre Dame groups that have been beaten up by accidents – primarily 2014. The Irish have withstood extra accidents than any one believed they’d be able to and nonetheless have a record like 7-1 at this stage. A sport like this could give the prospect to create a lead and relaxation starters as it did in 2019. It could also be the form of recreation that arrives down to the wire,…