Junior fullback Chris Swain (Photo courtesy Navy)

Junior fullback Chris Swain (Photo courtesy Navy)

“It’s their ability to make the in-game adjustments to what they’re doing, because they’re not sure exactly what they’re going to get every single week. Teams want to attack them differently and try to defend the option differently. That’s the secret to their success in that they evolve enough offensively that slight tweaks make it difficult to defend with certainty. Their in-game adjustments are outstanding.”

[quote_box_center] — Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on what makes Navy’s triple-option offense so difficult to defend[/quote_box_center]


“We played about as good as we can play, and we still lost. To even have a chance, we have to play perfect and they have to help us a little bit.”

[quote_box_center] Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo on the Midshipmen’s defeat at Notre Dame last season (The Capital Gazette)[/quote_box_center]


“During the bye week I got to see them on TV against Florida State, and they should have won that game. They could very well be undefeated right now. That’s just a very good football team.”

[quote_box_center] Niumatalolo on the Irish[/quote_box_center]


“That’s definitely a big deal. It’s one of the top programs in the nation. Notre Dame is very well known. It’s big-time Division I football and gives us a chance to play against the best.”

[quote_box_center] Navy senior fullback Chris Swain on if the annual game against the Irish played a part in his choosing to go to Navy (The Capital Gazette)[/quote_box_center]


“Yeah, that would be awesome! Prime time, CBS, night game against Notre Dame … it doesn’t get much better than that.”

[quote_box_center]— Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds on the prospect of upsetting No. 6 Notre Dame[/quote_box_center]


“What this shows us is the former coaches on this committee probably have a pretty loud voice when it comes to — Florida State, for example. It hasn’t been pretty, but they’ve won. In the coaching fraternity, in the coaching world, it isn’t always about style points. It’s about winning and moving on to the next week.”

[quote_box_center] ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit on his first reactions to the initial College Football Playoff poll[/quote_box_center]


“The Fighting Irish had an open date after narrowly losing at Florida State 31-27 on Oct. 18. Notre Dame remains in the thick of the playoff chase, but it needs to add some meat to its résumé. As good as the Irish looked against FSU, they really haven’t beaten anybody of consequence yet. They have one victory over a ranked opponent — 17-14 over then-No. 14 Stanford on Oct. 4. But the Cardinal have already dropped three games and might lose a couple more before the regular season is over. Worse, Notre Dame plays only one more team that’s currently ranked — at No. 15 Arizona State on Nov. 8.”

[quote_box_center] ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach in his weekly “Eliminator” column[/quote_box_center]