Notre Dame Football Preview: Navy Midshipmen Offense

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Almost everyone has written off the Notre Dame football team’s opportunity of playing in the College Football Playoff. But, college football is a chaotic sport. Every week, a team falls in a massive upset. Despite being ranked No. 8 in the latest poll and sitting with two losses, could chaos ensue and land the Fighting Irish at the No. 4 spot.

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Sep 17, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Chase Claypool (83) attempts to catch a pass as time runs out in the second quarter as Michigan State Spartans safety Montae Nicholson (9) defends at Notre Dame Stadium. The pass fell incomplete. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Let the chaos begin!

Roll Tide! Alabama continues to win through the SEC Championship and ends the season ranked as the No. 1 seed in the playoff. This would mean giving Georgia their second loss and Auburn their third. This would effectively eliminate the Tigers.

But, it would not get Notre Dame past the Bulldogs. Georgia would have a better resume and a head-to-head victory over the Irish. But, that is okay because Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs a week earlier. A Kentucky victory over Georgia would work as well.

What about the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers? Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines beat the Badgers this week. Wisconsin is already guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten Championship. This is where Ohio State defeats the Badgers, giving them their second loss. Wisconsin’s resume would not matchup to Notre Dame’s.

The turnover chain needs to crush the Clemson Tigers in the already slated ACC Championship game. Although Clemson would have two losses, the same as the Irish, the Tigers lost to Syracuse. The loss is an ugly blemish on the resume of the Tigers.

Baker Mayfield’s Heisman campaign needs to come to a halt immediately. The Kansas Jayhawks probably could not beat the Sooners (or almost any team). Therefore, the West Virginia is the best hope. They definitely can beat the Sooners. Oklahoma would still land in the Big 12 Championship game. TCU needs to come out with the Big 12 Championship and eliminate the Sooners.

At this point, the Irish are in striking range. The big question would then be up to the committee. Does Notre Dame’s stellar play against Michigan State, USC, NC State and Stanford (a Notre Dame blowout win that still needs to happen) stack up against a Big 10 Champion Ohio State? It seems to be a better resume. However, the Buckeyes would be a conference champion. That could be the difference.

The Notre Dame football team hopes to forget about the disastrous performance in South Florida and pick up their ninth win against Navy. Prior to their Senior Day tilt against the Naval Academy, the Fighting Irish Head Coach, Brian Kelly, met with the media. Here are a few updates from Tuesday’s press conference.

The Fighting Irish will honor 26 Seniors and Graduate Students on Saturday. Although some of those players will return in 2018, it is important for the team to pick up a victory for those who will never play inside Notre Dame Stadium ever again.

Kelly noted that the Senior group has done a great job at refocusing the program after a poor 2016 season.

Stopping the Option

Notre Dame faces the triple option for the first time this season. With only one week to prepare, the Irish must make every practice count.

Brian Kelly said that they vetted Mike Elko’s triple option experience prior to hiring him. Elko played against Army, Georgia Southern and other triple options teams during his career. Kelly said, “This isn’t a defensive coordinator that is coming in inexperienced in terms of stopping the option.”

One of the biggest issues with stopping the Naval Academy is how much they change up their attack. The Notre Dame Head Coach, who will be coaching in his 101st game in South Bend, said, “You have to be prepared for every look from the last 10 years.”

Obviously, this is no easy task.A Healthy Backfield

Brian Kelly said that the Irish backfield should be healthy for this week’s game. According to Kelly, this is the best that Josh Adams and Dexter Williams have been in several weeks. If so, the Midshipmen defense better look out. More Information:

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