South Bend, Ind. Navy is coming off its biggest win of the year last Saturday when the Midshipmen pulled off the last second upset of Pitt in Annapolis. Ken Niumatalolo will have his team sky high.
Notre Dame is coming off a battle against the option offense last week in a 45-10 win over Air Force, but they know this week will be even tougher against the 4-3 Midshipmen.
“They’re definitely the best team in my eyes as far as running the option,” says Irish freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith. “They’re the best in the country. And we just have to keep preparing. We really won’t see as much until the game starts. But we really have to keep focusing.”
Irish coach Brian Kelly says while playing the option last week helps---Navy also now knows how Notre Dame will look to defend it.
"They've run the option longer than we've been defending it," Kelly explains.
Notre Dame is now 6-2 after three straight wins. The Irish are 2/3 of the way through the season and in position to make a run at a BCS bowl if they keep winning.
“It’s a long year and we understand winning close games and finding ways to stayed prepared during the year,” says senior quarterback Tommy Rees. “And I think a lot of it is the leadership that we have had over the last couple of years, the seniors and the guys in those positions and make sure there wasn't a letdown.”
The Friday night pep rally will be held at the Compton Family Ice Arena due to the impending pop up rain showers. Countdown to Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday followed by the game at 3:41 p.m. right here on WNDU-TV.