The Notre Dame Fighting Irish rebounded to beat the Navy Midshipmen, 24-17, on Saturday. As a result, the Irish stayed to No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
Even with the game in South Bend, Ind., Navy was certainly a good test for the Fighting Irish, as they held Heisman Trophy candidate Josh Adams to 106 rushing yards on 18 carries. But it was Irish junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush coming through in the clutch to lead Notre Dame to victory.
Wimbush only threw for 164 yards but that came on 18 attempts, and he completed 2 second-half touchdowns to help the Irish edge the Midshipmen by 7. Wimbush also got the Notre Dame offense going late in the second quarter by rushing for a touchdown just before halftime to tie the game at 10.
This is the eighth consecutive week the Irish have been in the top 25 of the poll. The highest Notre Dame has been in the Coaches Poll was No. 5 prior to facing Miami in Week 11.
Notre Dame was also in the coaches poll after the first full week of the season, but in Week 2, the Irish fell to Georgia by a point and dropped from the polls.
The close victory against Navy was uncharacteristic for this Notre Dame team. For the most part, the Irish have dominated their competition and came into Saturday with an average margin of victory of more than 25 points. That includes victories against ranked opponents USC, N.C. State and Michigan State.
Notre Dame will finish the regular season at Stanford next Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Amway Coaches Poll: 2017 college football Top 25 after Week 12
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Washington State
- Mississippi State
- South Florida
- Oklahoma State
- Michigan State
- Boise State
- Virginia Tech