Brian Kelly says game vs. Clemson Tigers ‘not the end of it all’ for Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Instant News


Our women Coach Brian Kelly and his players understood how important it was to face the No. 1 Clemson on Saturday, but the game has a different meaning to Fighting Irish playing as an ACC member this season.

“This match, is not the end of everything for us,” Kelly said Monday. “We can win this game, but you can lose [Boston College next week], and this doesn’t mean anything. We are still chasing the conference championship. … It’s about consistency in performance, which we’re on our way to check the box. We have shown great consistency as a football team with wins week after week. Look, you want to win this game, no doubt about it, but we can’t get too emotional about this football game and forget about the fact that we have five more games to play.

“We can’t just empty the tank and say, ‘Hey, we’ve beaten Clemson, we’re here.’ No, we haven’t. “

Ireland’s number four (6-0) will face Clemson (7-0) for the first time since the semifinals of the College Football Playoff in 2018, when Clemson won 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. After the match, Kelly said she felt Notre Dame was quiet closing the talent gap with the nation’s elite. Kelly on Monday said he backed up the comments, noting how little had created the distance between Clemson and Alabama as the Tigers continued to beat Tide 44-16 to win the national title.

Kelly has spent the past few weeks challenging Notre Dame to “raise the level of competition” in anticipation of a bigger match. But he doesn’t want Ireland to peak on Saturday and then suffer disappointment. Kelly on Monday noted several times that Notre Dame could see Clemson again in an ACC championship match. Tiger star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, absent for this week’s game upon diagnosis of COVID-19, may qualify for a rematch of a potential league match against Notre Dame.

New students DJ Uiagalelei will make a second straight start at Lawrence’s place after passing 342 yards and two goals in last week’s Clemson come-from-back win over Boston College.

“I mean, it’s a long distance,” Kelly said. “It’s not a goal point for us this weekend. We’ve got more games. We play for the conference championship, so it’s not like when we were independent and you need to get this game to validate your place in the College Football Playoff. We want to. win the conference championship, and we have five conference games [left], and all of them count as one.

“I know this is the No. 1 team in the country, our people know it is the No. 1 team in the country. They are happy with the opportunity, but it counts as one.”

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