Free Pick NCAAFB - Notre Dame vs Navy

Don’t look now but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7-0 and working on a perfect season. It seems like no matter how good this team is year in and year out, they always manage to stumble. They invariably throw in at least one klunker! Today will not be the day! The Irish have seemingly turned that corner. They had their close calls and have made it over the hill, or so we think.

Ian Book is having a solid season with 1151 yards and 11 TD’s. He is not a quarterback that will blow anybody away with his talent but he is steady, he is enough of a rock to beat good teams. This team-the Irish, they are enough of a rock to beat good teams and they proved that in week 1 against a very good Michigan Wolverines.

Navy will not, (repeat) will not lay down in this game. Although this rivalry is 92 years old and the Irish have absolutely dominated, the Irish have their hands full against a 2-5 Navy. They will battle and Notre Dame had better be prepared to defend the run all game long. Perry has amassed 729 rushing yards for the season and that’s close to double the yards of Williams for Notre Dame. The difference in this game, comes down to quarterback play. Book is a much better QB than Lewis and it’s not a close contest. Navy does have a weapon in Jackson, with 198 yards receiving. That’s about as good as it get for Navy.

The offensive numbers between the two teams are close. Navy can score and they do it by way of the ground. This team is famous for long drives, chewing up the clock and grinding it out to the tune of 29.1 points per game. The Irish are scoring 32.6 points per game.

The defense will be the difference in this contest. The Irish do not blow teams away, they do however hang with anybody in a shootout. This game will not be a shootout and Notre Dame must go to the well on defense. The Irish are holding opponents to 18.7 points per game, and navy is allowing over 34.

The Irish will win this battle at the quarterback position, but Navy has enough on the ground to keep it close and with their clock management skills, they are sure to hang around.

The Irish are a very good football team that will compete for a national championship but -23 ½ is too many points. Navy will not win this football game but you can count on a great effort. The quarterback play kills Navy and it will today. The running game will keep this close.

Prediction: Take the +23 ½ Notre Dame does not get the cover today. Navy keeps it close.

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