NAVY AT NOTRE DAME
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT
Las Vegas Line: Notre Dame -14.5
Whereas most college football rivalries are predicated on mutual hatred, the Notre Dame-Navy series is founded on respect. The two Under Armour-sponsored teams will wear matching undershirts saying as much Saturday when the Midshipmen and Fighting Irish meet for the 89th time.
— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) October 6, 2015
Respect aside, expect a hard-hitting game in this intriguing clash of styles.
Navy’s consistently been a challenge for Notre Dame throughout head coach Ken Niumatalolo’s tenure. The Mids’ triple-option offense is executed with such flawless precision, even the nation’s most talented defenses (like Notre Dame’s) must play a fundamentally sound game.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds meeting Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith feels like a Wrestlemania main event. I see Reynolds as Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, looking to use his quickness and snap-decision making to counter the power and speed of Smith’s Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
A bad analogy, perhaps: Savage showed Steamboat no respect. But I could see Smith coming off the top rope with the ring bell to keep Reynolds out of the end zone — metaphorically, of course.