Naturally, Kelly was asked about the possibility of Notre Dame playing in its first national championship game since 1988 after his team handled BC. With a powerhouse offense like USC still on his schedule, he would’ve been crazy to take the bait — so he didn’t. But you could tell that he really likes his team and the way it handles itself in the glare of the national spotlight.
“We’re going to work on winning against Wake Forest (Saturday) and take care of what we can take care and when all is said and done, we’ll see where we are,” Kelly said. “We can’t waste any of our energy on other stuff. We just have to focus on what we can do, and that is winning on the football field.
“If people don’t like us winning, I don’t know what else to tell you.”