SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's M.O. as a defense under Bob Diaco was to keep opposing offenses from making explosive plays, the kind of backbreaking gains that can ruin a game.
With five games to go, it's premature to start panicking over the College Football Playoff selection committee ranking Notre Dame at No. 10.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday it's too early for him to pay attention to the first College Football Playoff rankings.
The best thing for Notre Dame that could've happened on its Saturday off was Arizona State and USC to win. Only half of that scenario wound up playing out.