Notre Dame outlasted Pitt and dominated Western Michigan after turning the season around with their blow-out of Boston College. Now the Irish are preparing for a game at Navy. Navy beat Notre Dame twice when Charlie Weiss was at the Irish helm after not earning a victory in the rivalry for over 40 years. Now Notre Dame could be without their top three receivers.
Theo Riddick is out for the game, Kyle Rudolph is done for the season, and Michael Floyd is a game-time decision.
But this year's Irish squad is better coached than any of the teams Weiss ran, and they are much more disciplined, one of the least penalized teams in the nation. They also have character and a strong ethical drive. This is the rebirth of what Notre Dame football used to be, and should always have been.
This Irish team, under this coach, with this quarterback, this season, will not lose to Navy.
But let's give major props to the Midshipmen. These young men are playing football while preparing to serve this nation's military. They are disciplined, hard-working, honest men who play the game for pure love, not for glory or fame, not for a lucrative NFL contract.
Notre Dame should win 48-24.