Brian Kelly's message to his seniors for Saturday's Senior Day was pretty simple on Tuesday.
"Win," Kelly explained. "You'll remember this a whole lot better if you win."
After three straight wins, the Irish are 7-3. Their opponent, Boston College is 3-7. The last thing Notre Dame can afford to do is just think this will be an easy win. The team records could cause the Senior Day distractions to become more prevalent.
"I want them to prepare, do all the things necessary to put themselves in a good position," Kelly said. "There will be some emotion because it's the last game, and that's natural. But we really focus on little things. Get your tickets taken care of early in the week. Don't wait until Thursday or Friday when you get a crush of all those things so you can really focus on this being just like any other game. And I think that's been our message during the week."
Kelly expects the Irish seniors to have a little more fire because its Senior Day and he's ok with that.
"I don't know that the emotion is really an issue, it's when you become emotional," Kelly explained. "I think emotions are fine because it's your last home game, and you should feel those things naturally."
"I think when you get emotional is where you can run into problems. We talk about our players staying within themselves all year. So I'm not really concerned that we're going to come outside of who we are. There should be some emotions. It is your last game. But you should be able to handle those emotions appropriately so you can enjoy the moment, but yet go out and execute."
Notre Dame and Boston College kickoff at 4pm Saturday. Countdown to Kickoff gets you started at 3pm.