Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 21, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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in the trenches andrew owens N A BCS Berth Is An Uphill Climb For Irish otre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and his program made it abundantly clear during the leadup to the 2013 season that they had one endof-season bowl destination in mind: a return trip to the BCS National Championship Game. Standout senior nose guard Louis Nix III started talking about reaching this year 's game in Pasadena, Calif., minutes after the Irish had endured a 42‑14 thumping at the After a trip to the 2012 BCS National Championship Game raised expechands of Alabama last tations heading into this year, the Irish suffered early-season losses to January and tweeted Michigan and Oklahoma, forcing an adjustment to their goals. photo by bill panzica about it often during eliminated Notre Dame from any dream the summer. When fall camp began, the schedule of a second consecutive appearance in posted on the walls of the Guglielmino the championship game. With a 3‑2 reAthletics Complex listed the No. 1 vs. cord heading into a difficult matchup No. 2 matchup as the 13th game on the against Arizona State Oct. 5 in Arlington, Texas, Notre Dame will have an Irish schedule. "It's pretty clear that our players are extremely difficult time attaining a BCS committed to one goal, and that is to get berth of any kind this season. Following the 35-21 setback to Oklaback to a national championship, just as every other BCS school on media day homa to close out September, Kelly had is expecting the same thing," Kelly said a very different answer when sizing up in his opening press conference of the the 2013 Irish. "I don't really care about that stuff," season Aug. 2. However, a pair of September losses Kelly said. "That's for [the media] to

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