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Fighting Irish still have plenty to improve upon

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Kelly looks at Notre Dame’s perfect record and sees all those nasty flaws.

The high-powered offense isn’t operating exactly in sync. The stout defense that shut out Michigan is struggling with injuries. The injury rash is continuing and the little things are starting to pile up.

Kelly knows the only way to make another serious national championship run is to get things fixed between now, before the schedule gets a whole lot tougher.

Nationally, the perception may be that the Fighting Irish are starting to play the way they did two years ago when sophomore quarterback Everett Golson led them to the BCS title game.

The outsiders see that unblemished record, 3-0, and realize it’s the first time Notre Dame has done that twice in a three-year span since they started 3-0 four straight times from 1987-90.

They see Golson back in charge of this offense after missing the 2013 season and believe he’ll bring back the magic.

*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Michael Conroy


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