Jeff Jeffers previews Notre Dame vs Air Force from Colorado

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This Saturday night the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are on the road to take on Air Force. Notre Dame enters the game with a record of 5-2 looking for their third straight win. Air Force is 1-6 looking for their second win of the season.

Other than this being a possible "trap game" for the Irish their two main concerns are adjusting to the elevation and defending the option.

This weekend the Irish will be playing over 7,000 feet above sea level. Experts say that it takes about 24-30 hours for the human body to adjust to a change of that magnitude. That works well for the Irish seeing as they got to Colorado about 24 hours before Saturdays game.

Head coach Brian Kelly said earlier this week that he wasn't worried at all about his players adjusting to the thin air in Colorado. His team doesn't seam at all concerned either.

"I don't think we are that worried about it," Notre Dame inside linebacker Joe Schmidt said. "I think we are all going to get used to it. We know nothing is going to happen because we are at a high altitude, there is still enough oxygen there. It is just going to be a little different feeling."

The option however is a bit more of a concern for Notre Dame. Coach Kelly talked earlier this week about how the option forces a team to play incredibly responsible which at times can be difficult.

"The game of football, especially on defense, you want to play a little bit reckless at times," Coach Brian Kelly said. "It [the option] really slows you down and forces you to play assignment football. It takes away, sometimes, that skill advantage you have. The size advantage becomes minimized in some instances because you have to play so disciplined and play assignment football."

For players with plenty of size and skill, like Stephon Tuitt, it can be some what frustrating. Tuitt says he isn't about to let that get to him this weekend.

"You can still have your talent and skill, but you just can't use all of it," Stephon Tuitt said with a laugh. "It is just something you have got to do. You have got to practice it. You have got to be able to understand and do what you have to do."

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Saturday on CBS Sports Network.


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