Brian Kelly isn't overly concerned with what people think about his Notre Dame team.
Not yet, anyway.
Notre Dame (6-3) is bowl eligible after Saturday night's 24-17 victory over Wake Forest, and received four votes Sunday for The Associated Press Top 25. Notre Dame has not been ranked since it began the season at No. 16. But Kelly says there's a big gap between the top five or six teams in the country and the next 20 or so, and his focus is on returning the Irish to that first group.
Notre Dame has won six of seven since opening the season with back-to-back losses. It plays Maryland and Boston College, two teams with losing records, before facing unbeaten Stanford in the regular-season finale.