One of the big traditional matchups of the season happens Saturday, as the No. 23 Navy Midshipmen travel to visit Touchdown Jesus and the No. 16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Navy had a bye in Week 11, but improved to a 7-1 record with a dominant 56-10 victory during Week 10 over the hapless Connecticut Huskies. Dual-threat QB Malcolm Perry passed for 165 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 108 yards and two more scores in the win. Perry has thrown for 722 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions, and also leads Navy in rushing with 1,042 yards and 16 touchdowns. Mychal Cooper leads Navy with 241 receiving yards.
Notre Dame upped its record to 7-2 following its 38-7 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. Ian Book ran for a career-high 139 yards, and also passed for 182 yards and four touchdowns in an outstanding performance. Book has passed for 2,009 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions on the season. Tony Jones, Jr. paces all Irish runners with 585 yards and four touchdowns. WR Chase Claypool leads the Fighting Irish with 651 receiving yards and five scores.
Though Navy’s triple-option attack travels well, it’s Perry’s progression as a passer that’s put Navy in position to put Notre Dame’s defense on its heels.
No. 16 Notre Dame vs. No. 23 Navy
- When: 12:30pm ET, Saturday, Nov. 16
- Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
- Streaming: NBC
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Navy vs. Notre Dame: What to watch for
Navy is no longer just a plucky program, ranking in the top 20 in scoring offense and scoring defense. The Midshipmen will arrive ready to win in a matchup where both teams come in ranked for the first time since 1978.
Not helping matters for Notre Dame, defensive end Julian Okwara is done for the season with a broken leg. Book and Jones will need to replicate their recent performances, and keep Perry off the field, in order for the Irish to succeed.
Holding the chalk line at home, Notre Dame is a 9.5-point favorite, according to Odds Shark. However, expect a high scoring affair that could go either way.
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