College football season is here and an overseas battle between longtime rivals is a fitting start to the 2023 campaign.
How to Watch Notre Dame vs. Navy
Time: 2:30 p.m. E.T., Saturday, Aug. 26
Place: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Radio: Notre Dame Radio Network
Online Streaming: Peacock
Spread/Odds: The Fighting Irish are currently 20.5-point favorites at FanDuel sportsbook
Weather: 65 degrees and cloudy with a 33 percent chance of rain. Winds WNW 12 mph.
Notre Dame enters the season with high expectations after securing Sam Hartman as its starting quarterback from the transfer portal. The Irish have one of the best running back rooms in the country with NFL-caliber offensive tackles, but questions remain regarding the playmaking ability of the wide receiver group.
With the best quarterback starting for Notre Dame since at least Ian Book, or perhaps Brady Quinn, the Irish has the ability to decimate the Navy defense. Things are never this simple when playing the Midshipmen, however, as that triple-option offense devours clock. Last year, the Irish narrowly squeaked out a 35-32 victory after a 35-13 halftime lead, despite Navy going 4-8 on the season.
As always, Notre Dame will need to be efficient with the opportunities they do have the ball and that shouldn’t be a problem with Hartman under center. Notre Dame’s strength on defense is its secondary, which doesn’t help a great deal when defending an exclusive run offense, but its linebackers – while not the most athletic – are intelligent and tough. In total, the Irish are too talented and experienced to repeat last year’s mistakes. Notre Dame wins this one, 31-10.