I just refuse to do it. Despite the pathetic 1-8 record of the Notre Dame football team, I refuse to sit here and type an analysis that attempts to find a rational basis to believe that the Irish can somehow beat the favored Falcons of the United States Air Force Academy in Notre Dame Stadium. It's freaking Air Force! I refuse to stoop so low as to try to come up with reasons why I should HOPE that we can beat AIR FORCE!
- As I expected, Jimmy Clausen will be back at QB for the Irish. According to Coach Weis, he looks pretty good throwing the ball right now. Let's hope so.
- Air Force is a slightly better team than Navy. The Falcon offense is slightly less prolific than Navy in piling up yards, mostly on the ground, and a bit less efficient in turning those yards into points. But the USAFA defense is considerably better than Navy's, ranked #19 in scoring defense and #41 in total defense (Navy is #114 and #105).
- Air Force is #54 is the Sagarin Rankings this week, while Navy is #84.
- Despite the aforementioned statistics, Navy beat USAFA 31-20 in week 5.