Due to the holiday today I thought it would be appropriate to share the history of one of Notre Dame’s oldest rivalries, Notre Dame vs. Navy. Since 1927, our Irish have seen Navy once a year at either home, away, or a neutral location.
Notre Dame encountered financial troubles during World War II. But, the US Navy made Notre Dame a training center and funded enough for the usage of these facilities which kept the University afloat. Notre Dame has since extended an open invitation for Navy to play the Irish in football in order to repay the Navy for their remarkable kindness.
Notre Dame had the longest winning streak between annual opponents in division 1 history against Navy at 43 games. However, the Midshipmen won in 2007 to end the horrendous losing streak. This win was so important to Navy that they canceled classes the following Monday just so the students could celebrate. Now it seems Notre Dame has to look out for Navy because they have won the last 2 of 3 meetings.
So fans, mark your calendars for the Navy game this year, because there could definitely be an upset waiting to happen; especially since we’re supposed to be ranked in the top 25.