Bold Prediction #2: Navy will be held to under 300 rushing yards
Normally, 300 rushing yards would be a dominant performance, but this is Navy we’re talking about.
This is a team that won last week with 0 passing yards, ZERO. Of course, they elected to go that route with Zach Abey out and Malcolm Perry taking his place. Perry did throw once, and that was a mistake. Out of Perry’s two passes this season he is 1 for 2. One pass was for a touchdown, the other an interception.
The reason why Perry only needed to attempt to throw once? Because as a team Navy rushed for 559 yards. That wasn’t even Navy’s best running performance of the season. Against Cincinnati, the Midshipmen rushed for 569 yards.
This is a team who can eclipse 300 rushing yards and then some. Six times this season Navy has rushed for over 300 yards, five times for over 400 and of course had the two 500 yard games mentioned earlier.
Navy while never really a passing team has lived up to those standards once again. Five times this season they have been under 100 passing yards.
Notre Dame is coming off of their worst performance of the year from the front seven and there is no sugar coating it. Miami was able to do anything they wanted often confusing the Irish’s defense to the point where they looked to be playing three steps behind.
Last week was a good wake up call for this team. A huge reason for hiring Mike Elko was because of his focus and ability to stop the option.
Navy has some explosive players, but they don’t quite stack up to Miami’s. Notre Dame’s capability to read the option will be huge in this one. Now with the defense hungry and ready to prove themselves again, while playing for the seniors, the Irish shouldn’t have a problem stopping Navy.