Kelly: Miami game another "opportunity for growth"

Julian Love returns an interception for a TD against MSU // WSBT 22 Photo

A new opponent comes to town this weekend for Notre Dame. The Irish will host Miami of Ohio for the first time since 1909.

Fresh of an impressive win at Michigan State, Notre Dame is now 3-1 and ranked for the first time this season.

Thanks largely in part to the way they've played the last game and half, there's starting to be a buzz surrounding the team.

This week, Brian Kelly is laying down the challenge for his team.

"We've got another opportunity for growth," Kelly says.

"To continue to play with the kind of mindset that we've developed since January, and that's one of living up to the standard of excellence that we have here in this football program. The men, the mission is to play for championships and to have championship type performances week in and week out. So we expect nothing less from our football team again this weekend."

On paper, Miami is probably the easiest team left on the schedule. But he said he's not worried about his team having a letdown. In fact, he's challenging them to take their game up a notch.

"We've only built one mindset. It's to dominate our opponent," Kelly says.

"I don't know that there's any way for us to turn back from where -- we've been building this since January. There's only one kind of performance that is acceptable, and only one kind of form of preparation that we're going to begin with this team each and every week. This is really about inner focus on how we prepare for our next opponent, whether it's Miami University or the University of Miami."

There's an odd start time this weekend. Notre Dame and Miami of Ohio will kick-off at 5:17 p.m.

The game is on cable, which is also rare or a home game. You can watch the game on the NBC Sports Network.

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