Notre Dame vs Navy
Alf Musketa's Recommendation:
Saturday, 6 am PT, Dublin, Ireland - CBS
Notre Dame -17 O/U 58.5
Notre Dame -16 O/U 57
Rob Veno's Power Rating:
Notre Dame -11.5
One would think a team named the Fighting Irish would have a tremendous advantage playing in Dublin, Ireland. Not so fast. A closer look reveals Notre Dame with many injuries and suspensions for this Week 1 contest. Quarterback Tommy Rees, running back Cierre Wood, cornerback Lo Wood, linebacker Carlo Calabrese and the defensive line which is down to three healthy starters spells potential disaster against a Navy team who at the start of the season is always in tip-top shape.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has said, "We are working on it every day." He is referring to the Midshipmen's triple option running attack and yes with the entire offseason to prepare, they should be more than ready. Well, Navy's head coach Ken Niumatalolo has said, "We are making changes to our lineup and improving our option attack." With new personnel at the key quarterback and fullback positions for the triple option, Niumatalolo has something up his sleeve. Surely, Navy will not run straight at Notre Dame and give them this advantage. (Navy should have the tactical advantage, militarily speaking.)
The line has come down from -17 and I agree with the move. Navy lost big to the Irish last season, 56-14, but they were banged up and only had two wins at that point. Their season was lost with no shot at a bowl berth. I expect a much better effort and a closer battle here.
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