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Navy (3-6) and Notre Dame (6-3) meet for the 95th time on the gridiron when the two face off Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. This will be the 23rd time Navy and Notre Dame will play in Baltimore and the first since 2008. This is the fourth time the Navy-Notre Dame game will be played at M&T Bank Stadium. Saturday’s contest is presented by Navy Federal Credit Union and Navy Mutual.
Both programs are among the winningest FBS teams in college football history. Notre Dame ranks fourth all-time with 935 wins, while Navy ranks 25th with 732 wins.
The two schools had played 93 consecutive times, which was the longest intersectional rivalry in college football, until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the game to be canceled. Navy and Notre Dame were originally scheduled to open the 2020 season in Dublin, Ireland. Travel restrictions, however, forced the game to be moved to Annapolis for what would have been the first game in series history to be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium before the contest was ultimately canceled. The Navy-Notre Dame 2023 match will be played on Saturday August 26 in Dublin. It will be the third time the Mids and Irish have met in Ireland and the first time with Notre Dame as their home team.
Notre Dame leads the series 80-13-1 and has won four in a row over the Mids.
ABC will televise Saturday’s game with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst) and Kris Budden (sideline) on the call.
Scott Wykoff will host a two-hour preview show on Navy Insider on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Navy Football Pregame Show featuring Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller, Keith Mills, Wykoff and special commentary from John Feinstein will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the Navy Radio Network, followed by game action beginning at noon with Medhurst, Miller and Mills on roll call.
The Midshipman Brigade March will begin at 11:41 a.m.
The national anthem will take place at 11:51:30 a.m., followed by a flyover at the end of the national anthem.
Saturday’s flyover will feature 2 Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets from Fighter Squadron Composite Twelve’s “Fighting Omars” based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Piloting the lead aircraft will be Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Davey, USNA Class of 2008. The wing will be flown by Cmdr. Wayne Irons, USNA Class of 2005 and former defensive back for the Navy football team. USNA Class of 2009 Lt. Chad Theriault will provide ground control. The Fighting Omars are the Navy’s first TOPGUN adversary squadron. The squadron’s mission is to provide the most professional, aggressive and accurate threat simulation and tactical expertise from a group of the best Super Hornet pilots in the world.
There will be 3 skydivers jumping from their plane at 11:54 a.m. and landing on the field at 12:01 a.m.
The Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at halftime.
THE HISTORY OF NOTRE DAME
Without Navy, Notre Dame might not exist. Notre Dame fell on hard times during World War II. The school’s population dwindled to a Depression-era student body of 2,623 in 1943 and a 20% reduction in 5 years led to serious financial problems for the school. Then the Navy came to the rescue of Notre Dame.
According to then-President of Notre Dame, Hugh O’Donnell, the school “offered all the facilities of that institution to the government. In April 1943, the V-7 Indoctrination School was established and the first batch of 900 men, all college graduates, enlisted for a month as marine apprentices.
Notre Dame’s late vice president, Father Edmund Joyce, also shared similar sentiments about the importance of the Navy to the school. “All I can say is that without the navy during the war, this institution would have shrunk to a few hundred students. Instead, we were almost double our normal size during the war, and we were able to contribute something to the navy.
The Navy signed a contract with the school located in South Bend at the time, guaranteeing $487,711 for its infrastructure needs and administrative expenses.
Notre Dame never forgot the kindness and support of the Navy during these difficult times, and the two schools agreed to play football each year, or until the Navy retired.