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Irish Insights


Prediction time

With about 90 minutes until kickoff between No. 19 Notre Dame and Navy at Notre Dame Stadium, it's time for a prediction.

The Irish will win, and the victory will come the same way most of their victories have this season – close.

Last season, Notre Dame went ahead big against Navy only for the Midshipmen to turn it into a dogfight at the end thanks to two recovered onside kicks.

Navy will probably not have to do anything as crazy as last season with the onside kicks, but the Midshipmen will likely play the Irish close.

Navy will be able to keep it close by controlling the ball and keeping quarterback Jimmy Clausen on the sideline as much as possible.

In the end, Notre Dame will win 21-14.

Today's game is also the return of receiver Michael Floyd.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said Floyd, who is returning from a broken collarbone he suffered against Michigan State on Sept. 19, will likely have a quiet day today.

Floyd has been practicing for three weeks, but it will take his first big hit for him to fully get going in a game.

His biggest contribution could be opening things up for tight end Kyle Rudolph in the passing game as Navy will have to account for Floyd as the receiver and tight end usually lineup on the same side of the field.