ND Football:Game 10/Week 12 Navy Looks To Torpedo The Irish With The “Triple Option”

In a game of “RESPECT” it’s time once again for Notre Dame to renew their yearly meeting. Different blogs and some fans say it’s time for ND to stop renewing the yearly get together. This game goes beyond the field of play. When Navy picked Notre Dame as the site for a V-12 Navy College Training Program, the program helped support ND and allowed them to keep their doors open during the war. These two team have have met for 91 consecutive years The Irish lead the series 76-13-1. The rivalry game is the third longest streak in college football as well.

The Navy Runs Silent And Deep, ND Runs And Throws Deep
Painting By Kathleen Keifer

Key To An Irish Victory

Defense MUST Stop The Option

If you know the history between these two teams, you know the package that Navy runs. Yes, it’s the “Triple Option” and it’s a clock killer. Possessions will be very limited for the Irish on the offensive side of the ball. This is the defense is going to have have their “spy” in place. The “spy” will be an important factor because knowing who has the ball is the difference between failure and success.

Along with that, unnecessary penalties by the defense need to be minimized. Giving the Navy an opportunity to hold the ball longer will not help the Irish offensively. Quarterback hurries and sacks will be the way of getting to the Navy offense.

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SCORE EARLY, SCORE OFTEN!! If there was ever a need to put points up on a first drive it will against Navy. The offense can help keep their own defense off the field and give them a rest from long drives created Navy. Hopefully, the staff will allow Ian Book to run and throw. Getting to Cole Kmet and Chase Claypool will open the running game up for the running backs Tony Jones Jr and Jafar Armstrong.

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End Of Consecutive Home Sell Outs

A statement from Jack Swarbrick read as follows: “Based on ticket sales through Wednesday, we do not anticipate sellouts for our games against Navy and Boston College,” said University Vice President and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “That this comes during a time of sustained success for our football program reflects both challenges impacting the ticket market nationwide and the unique dynamics of this year’s schedule. Most importantly, however, we are grateful to our fans who have filled the stadium for the last 273 games — dating back to our November 1973 game against Air Force — and 321 of the last 322 contests dating back to 1964. We will continue the tradition of making Notre Dame Stadium a destination for generations of Fighting Irish students, alumni and fans while providing the best possible atmosphere for our student-athletes.”

There will be much discussion on the end of the consecutive home sell out. Some folks are saying it’s the loss to Michigan, NOT TRUE! Some say it’s the schedule and some say it’s the staggered pricing. It is something the University will have to look into.

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Our Picks


Navy was 2-10 last year. the return 7 starters. Navy needs to re-tool and re-establish themselves in the football arena.

Jimmy chooses ND 38-9


Navy versus ND is still a game of respect. Navy will be happy that the triple-option threat on the defense is gone. The question will be, who on the defense will step into the triple-option whisperer? Execution and discipline will enable a good Irish victory.

George chooses ND 44-16

GameDay Information

The GameDay weather is supposed to be cold but dry. Saturday’s weather comes via ABC57 Weather. Check the forecast for Saturday’s game from the best in the area. Also, two U.S. Navy F/A -18 F Super Hornets and two U.S. Navy E/A-18G Growlers will flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 Time: 2:42 p.m. ET

Site: Notre Dame Stadium • Capacity: 77,622 (FieldTurf)

TV And Radio

TV: NBC (national)

• Mike Tirico (play-by-play) • Doug Flutie (analysis) • Kathryn Tappen (sideline) • Chris Simms (sideline analyst)

Radio: Notre Dame Radio Network • SiriusXM (Channel 129) • 96.1 FM, 101.5 FM & 960 AM

Season Of Giving

Having been on the receiving end of public assistance as a child, this time of the year I can’t think but trying to help another child in need. When I saw this I knew I had to share this. Especially with our motto #BeyondPlayingSports

The Kelly Cares Foundation is attempting to raise $10,000 to host over 100 children during our Shop With a Notre Dame Football Player event. Additional funds raised will support a new Kelly Cares program to provide direct financial assistance for non-medical services to breast cancer patients.

Please consider giving something. every little bit helps.

Cheers and Go Irish! 🍀🏈⚡

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