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Focusing on the "W"

Given that Notre Dame’s next two opponents — Maryland and Boston College — are a combined 4-14, coach Brian Kelly might have trouble getting his team to concentrate on the task at hand with a Thanksgiving weekend showdown with No. 3 Stanford looming. He said he’ll approach it by focusing on developing his players as well as the bottom line.“We’ll prepare the same way and we’ll do the things that we’ve done,” Kelly said. “We’re here to win games and keep developing our football players. I mentioned even if you don’t get in the game, guys are developing. Mike Golic goes into the game and plays three quarters of the game for us. If you go across the board, all the guys, Kona Schwenke has to go in there and play, Robby Toma. So we’re still developing our players. “But at the end of the day this is just about winning football games. We put too much time and effort into it to think about anything else but a W and how do you win against Maryland. That’s really all we’ll talk about: how do we get a win against Maryland.”