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Notre Dame vs. Navy football moved from Dublin to Annapolis, Week 0 to Week 1

The Covid-19 pandemic claims the first official college football game of the 2020 season.

Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on before the game against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 16, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

When Notre Dame vs. Navy was announced for Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland during Week 0 of the 2020 college football season, it was cheered by fans of both teams looking to some good football and a nice trip abroad to start the season.

But that will not come to pass this season, as Bill Wagner of the Capital Gazette reports that the Fighting Irish and Midshipmen will instead play in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, and the game will be pushed back seven days from August 29th to September 5th or 6th.

The Navy-Notre Dame football game is coming to Annapolis for the first time since its founding almost a century ago.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will host for the 94th meeting between the schools, marking the only time the Midshipmen have met the Fighting Irish on their home field, The Capital has learned. An official announcement is expected today.

The original location for the game, billed as the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, was scheduled Aug. 29 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, but obstacles surrounding travel amid the coronavirus pandemic forced the move back to the United States.

It’s a loss for fans hoping to mix in a trip abroad with their college football this season, and many likely booked travel plans years in advance. But it’s also not a surprise considering the coronavirus pandemic makes international travel more challenging than ever.

Notre Dame is still listed as a 16.5 point favorite despite the announcement of the move, which is the same line as when the game hit the board earlier this year. But that might fall soon, as Navy is one of the best teams in college football against the spread at home. There’s very likely an angle for bettors here.

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