Irish understand their success but must stay focused on how they got here

The Irish are off to their best start since 2002 when they were 8-0 to begin the year. Coming off a win at night over Michigan and heading into the bye, there's been plenty of hype with the Irish ranked 9th in the country and playing in Chicago this week vs Miami.

"We would refer to that as the noise, that's the noise out there," Irish coach Brian Kelly explained Tuesday. "They need to focus on the process and the process for them is every day, the attention to detail--how they go to practice and how they prepare."

Kelly understand the process is long and grueling but it's the only way you can stay on top. Notre Dame is the only team in the country that has yet to trail in a game so far this season.

"It's also important that they understand the success they are having," Kelly added. "This bye week was a whole lot better than the bye week after Tulsa. They remember that and I remember that."

That bye week was during Kelly's 1st season in 2010 when the Irish were scrambling following a loss to Tulsa and a season ending injury to quarterback Dayne Crist.

"It's important that there is a balance there," Kelly continued. "You don't just put blinders on but what you ask them to do is focus on the task at hand."

Pregame coverage of Notre Dame and Miami begins with NewsCenter 16 at 6 on Saturday followed by "Countdown to Kickoff" at 6:30, both LIVE from Soldier Field. It leads up to the Irish and Canes at 7:30, all on Channel 16.

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