Kickoff: Saturday, 9 a.m. ET (CBS)
Spread: Notre Dame by 16
Watchability: Based on the early morning time slot alone, this game deserves a pretty high rating. Plus, you'll get a chance to watch a college football game being played in Europe, which is rare. At the very least the atmosphere will be interesting, even if the game is not.
Shining stars: Notre Dame: Most of the Irish stars are suspended, though consensus All-American linebacker Manti Te'o is not. Te'o will get his chances to pad his tackling chances early, as he faces a Navy offense that averaged over 57 rushes per game, good for second in the nation (behind Army). Navy: RB Gee Gee Greene. He is Navy's leading returning rusher and figures to be busy Saturday morning.
Who could steal the show: Notre Dame: RB Theo Riddick. Riddick will have a chance to show his stuff with senior running back Cierre Wood suspended for the first two games. Riddick should have plenty of success against a Navy defense that allowed over 186 yards per game last season. Navy: RB John Howell. Along with Greene, Howell will see a lot of action for Navy out of the backfield. If the Midshipmen get it going on the ground, however, unlikely, both Greene and Howell will rack up a ton of yards.
You going? Ranking the road trip: You are probably not going, seeing as it is in a different country. But if you are, it will be an awesome road trip.
Magic number for Notre Dame: 9. Though the game won't be played at 9 a.m. local time, the Irish could be susceptible to a let down, leaving themselves vulnerable. No one knows how a team will react to such unique circumstances.
Magic number for Navy: 3. Somewhat surprisingly, Navy has beaten Notre Dame three of the last five years, so, if anything, the Midshipmen aren't intimidated. It will take a mammoth effort to improve that record, but it's not out of the question.
The game comes down to: How well the Irish react to the atmosphere. If Notre Dame plays its game, there is no way Navy can win. Too much talent on the Irish.
Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Navy 6
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