Notre Dame and Navy, while some may have felt the game had lost some of its luster a few years ago, the Midshipmen made sure Irish fans did not forget the academy could still play some quality football.
Navy enters the game with a 4-2 record but only 1 victory over a BCS opponent (Wake Forest).
Will the Irish keep Ricky Dobbs in check?
Ricky Dobbs is back at the helm of the Midshipmen and is always a weapon when the ball is in his hand. So far this season, Dobbs has not been the highly polished signal caller from a season ago and has struggled running the football and throwing the football. The Irish must keep Dobbs in check if they plan to earn another victory.
Can Notre Dame limit the Midshipmen linebackers?
The top three tacklers for Navy all come from the linebacker position. The Irish must keep Aaron McCauley, Tyler Simmons, and Max Blue in check to have success on offense. The trio have totaled around a third of the teams total tackles with McCauley leading the way with 50 stops.
Dobbs is not the only offensive weapon. Can the Irish stop the Navy offense from running the football?
Gee Gee Greene is the slot back, but Vince Murray and Alexander Teich are the mules of the Midshipmen offense. Combined, Murray and Alexander have 109 carries for 512 yards and three touchdowns on the season. However, Murray has been out with an injury.
The Irish enter Navy with a couple of more injuries, who will be the "Next Man In" this week?
Will Navy upend the Irish as they did last season?
Last season's 23-21 defeat of the Irish is still in the back of some Notre Dame minds. Brian Kelly was not the head coach a season ago, and he has always proven to have teams ready when there are questions on his team being ready. Can the Irish put Navy back in their place and give the program its 72 victory over the Midshipmen?