Game Preview: Notre Dame v. Navy

Two years ago I was in Notre Dame Stadium to see the Notre Dame game against Navy. The Irish came into the game riding a 43 game winning streak against the Midshipmen. Notre Dame had only one win on the season against seven losses, and Navy was 4-4. Navy needed this game to break the streak, and to get within one win of a bowl game. Here is my very short recap of the game from 2007. I really did not feel like writing much after watching the game. That game was only close because Charlie Weis kept mismanaging the game. He likes to gamble and take chances rather than put points on the board. Notre Dame made a valiant comeback after a fumble was returned for a touchdown to send the game into overtime. They could have attempted a field goal with time running out, but they tried to run for the first down. Both teams traded a touchdown then a field goal in the first two overtimes. Navy scored a touchdown and then converted the two point play to go up 46-38. Notre Dame then scored a touchdown to get withing two. On the first two point try they got a pass interference call to get another try. They failed on that run to give Navy the win. This year I think that Notre Dame will run away with the game. Things will be back to normal with Notre Dame rolling Navy as a tune up game. I have been to two previous meetings in this series. Here is a brief recap of each:

11/12/2005: Notre Dame 42 – Navy 21: Maurice Stovall 130 yards recieving and two touchdowns.
11/3/2007: Navy 46 – Notre Dame 44: Three overtime game that snapped Notre Dame’s 43 game winning streak against Navy.

The other interesting game on the docket this week is the Michigan game against Purdue. Both teams are enduring tough seasons. Purdue seemed to have turned a corner before they ran into the buzzsaw in Madison. Michigan did not fare so well themselves losing to the doormat of the Big Ten this season Illinois. If Purdue is ever going to get a win at Michigan it seems as if this is the year. Purdue is 13-41 against Michigan all-time. That includes a 4-27 mark inside of Michigan Stadium. Sadly I think that the streak will continue this week. We handed Michigan a heartbreaker last year with the ‘Tiller’ play. They will have us in their stadium this time with respect on the line. I hope that we can end the streak, but I just don’t see that happening. Once again we must make the quarterback (in this case Forcier) pass the ball to have a shot. If Forcier can run the offense his way we will be in trouble. Purdue needs to just play fundamental football, and I think that they can win this game. Tackle, catch the football, and do not turn the football over. These are easy things to do…for other schools. If we can do that we can keep these slim bowl hopes alive. Go Boilers!

This weeks predictions: Last week I went 6-4. I missed my homer picks of Purdue and the Packers. I also did not see Michigan and Michigan State losing. With a week that close to .500 it brings me to 26-10 on the season. This week I will pick the six games involving the Big Ten teams again along with the Grand Valley State and Irish games. Maybe I can improve my percentage a little this week.

#5 Grand Valley State 49 – Wayne State 13
Minnesota 24 – Illinois 14
#4 Iowa 35 – Northwestern 10
Wisconsin 31 – Indiana 12
Michigan State 42 – Western Michigan 21
#11 Penn State 24 – #16 Ohio State 17
Michigan 31 – Purdue 17
#22 Notre Dame 44 – Navy 20

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