Notre Dame tackles long-wait issues
Alabama not first concern
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has bigger things to worry about right now than defending national champion Alabama.
With the national championship game between top-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) and the Crimson Tide (12-1) more than a month away, Kelly's main concern is making sure his players will be ready to play after 44 days without a game.
"We're just trying to be better than Alabama on Monday, Jan. 7," Kelly said. "So our entire focus will be on a one-game season, trying to be better on Monday, Jan. 7. So you can understand, we don't want to be better than Alabama on the 27th of December."
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