Pick o' the Irish, Week 8

I'm on a roll with four straight correct picks. But all Irish fans know how Navy can derail a seemingly-successful season. On to the pick:

Notre Dame 23, Navy 20: This will not be an easy game. Navy is no fun to play because of its option system and cut blocking, and the Midshipmen can control the clock with their penchant of going for it on most fourth downs. The Irish offense will have fewer opportunities, and they'll have to make the most of each possession while playing without second-leading receiver Theo Riddick and perhaps star wideout Michael Floyd.

Still, this Navy team does not look like one of the service academy's best in recent years, and I think Notre Dame will make fewer mistakes than it did in last year's game. There won't be much time to exhale until the end, but the Irish escape in the Meadowlands.

Last week: Correct pick

Season record: 5-2