2013 Season Preview: Navy

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Oct 29, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Danny Spond (13) and cornerback Josh Atkinson (43) react to Notre Dame recovering a fumble against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame defeated Navy 56-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Season Preview: Navy

Schedule: November 2, 2013, 3:30pm EST

Where: South Bend, Indiana

Network: NBC


Since 1927 Notre Dame has played 84 uninterrupted games against the United States Naval Academy. Although Notre Dame dominates the series with 71 wins, the Midshipmen defeated the Irish in 2007 ending Notre Dame’s 43 year winning streak and went on to upset the Irish in 2009 and 2010. In the last two seasons the Irish have turned the tables, winning each game by 40 plus points including last season’s opener in Ireland.

In order to compete with the Irish in 2013, Ken Niumatolo, Navy’s head coach, will lean on his returning starters, specifically quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Behind Reynolds the Midshipmen rushed for 278.5 yards per game and passed efficiently enough to keep defenses honest (even though they finished 121st in the nation). Defensively, Navy returns several starters along the defensive front and secondary. If Reynolds stays healthy and the defense progresses expect to see Navy playing in a bowl game at the end of next season.

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