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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Pick o' the Irish: Week 10 vs. Navy


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Both the Irish and I had an easy go of things last week against Washington State, a massive underdog. In fact, I nearly nailed the actual score and had the right margin of victory.

Could Notre Dame notch a relatively comfortable victory for the second straight week? Let's peer into the crystal ball:

Notre Dame 31, Navy 19: The Irish have won 44 of the past 45 meetings against the Midshipmen, but of course that lone Navy victory came in 2007. Notre Dame barely held on last year in this game as well.

Stopping the triple-option is never easy, and quarterback Ricky Dobbs will be back after missing most of Navy's last two games. But even though the Midshipmen are statistically much better than Notre Dame on defense and have what Charlie Weis calls their best defense in a long time, I don't see them containing the explosive Irish offense. Especially with Michael Floyd back, if even in a limited role, Notre Dame has far too many athletes and will break this one open in the second half.

Last week's pick: Notre Dame 42, Washington State 16.

Actual score: Notre Dame 40, Washington State 14.

Season record: 7-1