So much for No. 8 Notre Dame being in the College Football Playoff mix.
The Fighting Irish look to bounce back from a humbling loss to Miami when they host Navy on Saturday.
No one associated with Notre Dame (8-2) saw the 41-8 defeat coming. The Fighting Irish were ranked third in the CFP poll and poised to stake their first claim to the revamped college playoff.
Navy, which became bowl-eligible thanks to an exhilarating 43-40 last-second win over SMU, is riding a wave of confidence and certainly is capable of sinking Notre Dame's chances of playing on New Year's Day.
The Midshipmen (6-3) and the Irish will collide for the 91st straight time when they clash at Notre Dame Stadium in what is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football.
In one stretch of the rivalry, Notre Dame was a winner 43 straight years. But in the past 10 seasons, Navy has been much more competitive and has won four times, including a 28-27 upset last year.
After last week's shellacking, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly knows not to take Navy lightly.
Just ask SMU about its attempts to stop the Navy ground game. That didn't go so well.
The Midshipmen ran the ball 72 times for 559 yards and won time of possession by nearly 17 minutes -- a margin of 38:23 to 21:37
"The other thing you have to do is you have to beat a lot of one-on-one blocks," the eighth-year Notre Dame coach said. "You have to play physical. You have to be able to get off blocks. You have to be able to make tackles against a very good and well-disciplined football team, a team that fights for four quarters.
"They've won close games. They manage the clock very well. They play smart football. It will be a great challenge for us."
And what a debut it was.
Perry rushed for a career-high 282 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries. He had touchdown runs of 3, 92, 24 and 1. The 282 yards rushing is an American Athletic Conference record and the third most in school history.
"We've got to find a way to take the football away. We haven't done that," Kelly said. "If we can get some turnovers and get some points relative to touchdowns instead of field goals, then we'll put ourselves in a much better position against a very good opponent."
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has mutual respect for his opponent and is doing his best to make sure this troops haven't lost sight of how good Notre Dame has played this season, regardless of last week's outcome.
Navy will have its hands full with dual-threat, redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
Despite struggling against Miami, Wimbush has been solid, accounting for more than 2,000 total yards (1,405 passing and 663 rushing) and 25 touchdowns.
He left Saturday's game with a bruised hand, and later re-entered. Kelly said Wimbush would be ready for the Midshipmen. Early in the week, Wimbush didn't show any ill effects and the medical staff didn't have him on the report either.
Niumatalolo and defensive coordinator Dale Pehrson also must find a way to slow down the Fighting Irish's Heisman Trophy candidate Josh Adams, who has compiled 1,231 yards and nine touchdowns.
"Adams is a big, strong, physical runner. He breaks a lot of tackles and is very tough to bring down," Pehrson told the Capital Gazette on Monday. "That offensive line is absolutely unbelievable. Definitely the best we'll play this year. They've got some real monsters up front."
Notre Dame senior All-American left tackle Mike McGlinchey (6-8, 315) anchors the veteran offensive line.
"We have a huge challenge coming up in Notre Dame, which is year in and year out one of the best programs in the country." Niumatalolo said. "It's going to be a tough challenge, but we're looking forward to it."
Navy will be without safety Sean Williams for the first half after being ejected for targeting in last week's game against SMU.
VDB Free Betting Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Navy 31
Navy Midshipmen vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
Navy Midshipmen vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish VDB Betting Odds
|Navy Midshipmen||+18 (-110)||-||59 (-105)o|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||-18 (-110)||-||59 (-115)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Navy is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games|
|Navy is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Navy is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|Navy is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Notre Dame|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Navy's last 7 games when playing Notre Dame|
|Navy is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame|
|Navy is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Navy's last 7 games when playing on the road against Notre Dame|
|Notre Dame is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games|
|Notre Dame is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Notre Dame's last 12 games|
|Notre Dame is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Notre Dame's last 7 games at home|
|Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Navy|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 7 games when playing Navy|
|Notre Dame is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Navy|
|Notre Dame is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Navy|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 7 games when playing at home against Navy|
|Zach Abey||QB||Prob Sat - Arm - 11/13/17||Abey missed the last game with an arm injury but is likely to be available for Saturday's contest against Notre Dame.|
|Sean Williams||S||Ques Sat - Suspension - 11/14/17||Williams will not be available for the first half of Saturday's game against Notre Dame due to a targeting violation.|
|Jackson Pittman||NT||Ques Sat - Concussion - 11/13/17||Pittman is experiencing concussion-like symptoms and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Notre Dame.|
|Anthony Villalobos||DE||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/13/17||Villalobos missed the last game with an ankle injury and his status against Notre Dame on Saturday is unclear.|
|Malcolm Perry||RB||Doub Sat - Ankle - 11/15/17||Perry has an ankle injury and his status is in doubt for Saturday's game against the ankle injury.|
|Hudson Sullivan||LB||Doub Sat - Foot - 11/18/17||Sullivan missed the last game with an injured foot and is not expected to suit up for Saturday's contest against Notre Dame.|
|Tre Walker||RB||out for season - Knee - 9/28/17||Walker is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.|
|Erik Harris||P||Out indefinitely - Suspension - 9/9/17||Harris has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed issue.|
|J.D. Carney||QB||Ques Sat - Concussion - 11/13/17||Carney missed the last two games with a concussion and his availability for Saturday's contest against Navy is unknown.|
|Freddy Canteen||WR||out for season - Shoulder - 10/29/17||Canteen had surgery to fix a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.|
|Cameron Smith||WR||Out Sat - Hamstring - 11/17/17||Smith missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and will not be available for Saturday's matchup against Navy.|
|Elijah Taylor||DL||out for season - Foot - 10/18/17||Taylor has a Lisfranc fracture in his foot and is expected to miss the rest of the season.|
|Alohi Gilman||S||out for season - Eligibility - 8/30/17||Gilman is expected to miss the entire 2017 season due to eligibility reasons.|
|11/5/16||NAVY 28||ND 27||-7.5/63||L/U||2||-173||175|
|10/10/15||NAVY 24||ND 41||-13.5/59.5||W/O||119||-140||259|
|11/1/14||ND 49||NAVY 39||14/54||W/O||79||-118||197|
|11/2/13||NAVY 34||ND 38||-16.5/48.5||L/O||87||-67||154|
|9/1/12||ND 50||NAVY 10||14.5/52||L/O||149||144||5|
|10/29/11||NAVY 14||ND 56||-23.5/61.5||W/O||213||-14||227|
|10/23/10||ND 17||NAVY 35||6.5/48.5||W/O||-75||-261||186|
|11/7/09||NAVY 23||ND 21||-12/55.5||L/U||108||-288||396|
|11/15/08||ND 27||NAVY 21||4/51.5||L/U||98||52||46|
|11/3/07||NAVY 46||ND 44||-3/57.5||L/O||37||-22||59|
Navy Last 10
|11/2/17||@ TEM||L 26-34||-6.5/51.5||L/O||-31||32||-63|
|10/14/17||@ MEM||L 27-30||3/72.5||P/U||-63||196||-259|
|9/30/17||@ TLSA||W 31-21||-8.5/70.5||W/U||167||192||-25|
|9/1/17||@ FAU||W 42-19||-8/64||W/U||200||376||-176|
Notre Dame Last 10
|11/11/17||@ MIA||L 8-41||-3.5/59.5||L/U||-113||-128||15|
|10/7/17||@ UNC||W 33-10||-12/63.5||W/U||222||255||-33|
|9/23/17||@ MSU||W 38-18||-3/53.5||W/O||-141||31||-172|
|9/16/17||@ BC||W 49-20||-14/52||W/O||211||330||-119|