Irish return from bye, turn attention towards Navy

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It was a good bye week for Notre Dame. The Irish didn't play, but still moved up to #3 in the rankings thanks to Purdue upsetting #2 Ohio State 49-20 in West Lafayette.

Now the team is back on campus and getting ready for a Navy team that has had a disappointing season. The Midshipmen are just 2-5 this year, and have lost four in a row.

However, records matter little when these two schools play. Navy has beaten Notre Dame four times since 2007, most recently in 2016, and consistently plays a very close, difficult game for the Irish.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly know his team is in for a fight.

"They've given us all that we can handle year in and year out," Kelly said. "There has to be an incredible sense of urgency on the offensive side of the ball, by maximizing possessions, quite frankly every snap, because you just don't know how many possessions that you will, in fact, get."

"Scoring points is absolutely crucial," Kelly added. "From a defensive standpoint, that attention to detail and everything that you do is at a premium. We could use two more bye weeks to prepare for Navy in terms of what they present to you."

Notre Dame (7-0) will put their perfect season on the line this Saturday against Navy in San Diego. The game is scheduled for 8pm EST and will air on CBS.