Head to head: Navy vs. Notre Dame

Next up for Navy is Notre Dame. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Notre Dame and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
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Notre Dame
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
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Notre Dame rushing defense
 
The Mids, behind fullback Eric Kettani and SB Shun White, are piling up 308 yards a game. The Irish boast a solid rushing defense led by linebacker Brian Smith who has 33 tackles this season.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Notre Dame passing defense
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Navy rarely passes but when they do they can inflict serious damage on their opponents. Notre Dame has a solid passing defense led by DB David Bruton who has 3 picks on the season.  
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Notre Dame rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
 
The Irish rushing attack hasn't been strong this season and is averaging just 115 yards a game. Navy's rushing defense is rated 30th in a nation and should be able to hold the Irish under their average.  
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Notre Dame passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
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Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is solid but he gave up four interceptions against Boston College in the Irish's recent 17-0 loss. Navy's passing defense is rated one of the worst in the nation but has shown improvement in recent games.  
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Special Teams
 
Navy kicker Matt Harmon is an impressive 14 of 16 on field goal attempts this season. However, he did have one kick blocked in the win over Temple. Notre Dame kicker Brandon Walker has booted true on just 8 of 15 kicks this season. Notre Dame's other special teams units are about average. Navy boasts a strong punt return game but is poor at returning kickoffs.  
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Coaching
 
Charlie Weis is 27-19 in his fourth year at Notre Dame. Navy's Ken Niumatalolo has the Mids bowl bound in his first season at the helm after serving as an assistant for years in Annapolis.  

Prediction:

Navy 27
Notre Dame 20


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