Consistency key in Notre Dame win streak

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Since dropping a home tilt to 2nd-ranked Cincinnati the first weekend in October, Notre Dame has reeled off four consecutive wins, three of them by 10 or more points. And head coach Brian Kelly believes that their success has as much to do with consistency as it does the luck of the Irish.

“You know, consistency and performance is important, right, in anything you do. And so, what we’re doing, how we do it on a day-to-day basis, is, for us, about our process every single day, and we stick with it,” Kelly said after Saturday’s win over Navy. “And it’s proven to be effective.”

Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan (17) hands off to running back Chris Tyree (25) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Toledo in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Notre Dame won 32-29. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

“We’ve got a team that is one of the more prolific passing offenses in the country,” said Kelly.”… Let’s go see how we handle Brennan Armstrong and the Cavaliers.”

Though Armstrong and the Cavaliers are the top ranked offense in the country, Kelly and the Fighting Irish don’t plan on altering their game plan.

Sep 5, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
(Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports)

“[Our players are] one hundred percent bought-in on how we do things on a day-to-day basis, and our standards have shown that it’s been really effective. So, we won’t be changing anything anytime soon,” added Kelly.

It’s tough to argue with his approach. Notre Dame has handled unranked opponents consistently, riding a 39-game win streak against teams outside the Top 25. They can extend that streak to 40 with a W on Saturday evening.

FILE – In this May 1, 2021, file photo, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees talks with players during a timeout in the Blue-Gold NCAA spring football game in South Bend, Ind. The 2021 challenge for Rees is to improve considerably from last season’s scoring output of 33.4 points per game. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin, File)
((AP Photo/Robert Franklin, File))

“Going on the road, great challenge, night game on ABC,” said Kelly. “We’ll get an opportunity to play before a big audience and a great opportunity for our football team to continue to improve on both sides of the ball.”

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