Will the Irish keep Ricky Dobbs in check?
No! Dobbs had a great game against the Irish rushing for 90 yards and three touchdowns while going 2-fo-2 for 71 yards and a touchdown. While the Navy quarterback was not the star of the game, this offense starts with him and he draws a large crowd when he has the ball. Irish fans will be happy to see Dobbs start his active duty off the field.
Can Notre Dame limit the Midshipmen linebackers?
Linebackers Tyler Simmons and Aaron McCauley both had solid games with a combined 16 tackles on the day. But defensive end Jabaree Tuani posted a half sack and two-and-a -half tackles for loss. The lack of the Irish offensive line getting to the second level continues.
Dobbs in not the only offensive weapon, can the Irish stop the Navy offense from running the football?
No! Alexander Teich is now a household name with his 8.1 yards per carry average and 210 total rushing yards. While he did not score a touchdown, he was the spark that got the Midshipmen going.
The Irish enter Navy with a couple of more injuries, who will be the "Next Man In" this week?
Senior wide receiver Duval Kamara pulled down six balls for 56 yards as the Irish were without Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick. Bob Diaco's defense could need an inside linebacker and nose guard to step up vs. Tulsa depending on the availability of starters Carlo Calabrese and Ian Williams, both of whom left the game vs. the Midshipmen.
Will Navy upend the Irish as they did last season?
Yes! Even with the number of points given up by the Irish defense, this game could have been close or even an Irish win if the offense would have showed up. Not being able to punch in at the one-foot line will be remembered as the downfall of this game. Navy deserved to win this game and Brian Kelly knows there is a lot of work to do on the field and in the heads of his players to turn the corner this season.