"We played everybody in the country from the eighth ranked team to 11, 12, 22, 23. We played a lot of good football teams," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in an interview with Dan Patrick Tuesday morning. "There's not a better defense in the country that we've played and I think Stanford's pretty good too."
... Kelly is still the only coach to beat Michigan State, so his blueprint has street cred. And Tuesday he was asked point-blank: If Urban Meyer called, and he says, 'Hey, what can we exploit?' What would you tell him?
"There's apparently no weaknesses in our estimation as you attack them," Kelly replied. "You try to get big-chunk plays. You try to push the ball down the field because you cannot win a battle at the line of scrimmage. They're just not going to give up enough for you to win playing that kind of game. They're just too good up front. They commit so much to the front in terms of safety support. You got to try and get the ball outside and do the best you can and try to get big chunk plays."
It's a good thing Ohio Stat employs one of the better offensive crack-safes in the country. Also, it's probably a good thing their quarterback is Braxton Miller and not Tommy "Touchdown" Rees.
And in Brian Kelly's defense, he says if Ohio State were to beat Sparty, the Buckeyes would deserve the BCS title nod: