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Notre Dame made good on a pair of pre-season promises in Saturday's 40-point victory over Navy. Addressing a pair of remaining questions will determine the team's September, and likely its season, fate.

DUBLIN -- Not much can be gleaned from most season openers, but Notre Dame fans likely ended Saturday's broadcast of a 50-point outburst and 40-point Irish victory over Navy with the following four pre-season assumptions intact: 1 The Irish can run the football 2 They can likewise stop the run 3 The secondary will endure its share of struggles covering the pass, and 4 Rookie quarterbacks will... Recommended Stories

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