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Brian Kelly says he’ll play the Oprah card if he has to in campaign for BCS title game spot

Nov 15, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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When you coach football at Notre Dame, you know that ultimately in life, you and your players answer to a much higher authority. That’s right: Oprah Winfrey.

Oregon and Kansas State are the other two undefeated teams in college football, and both are ahead of the Fighting Irish in the BCS standings. What if all three finish the regular season unbeaten? Notre Dame still has Wake Forest and USC to play, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But Kelly told SiriusXM College Sports Nation that, if his team does win out, he expects to go on the campaign trail to get into the BCS Championship Game. Kelly:

“I’m just not good enough to be able to do both. I’m challenged enough on a day-to-day basis to keep my guys focused on Wake Forest. The rest of the stuff, let’s see how Notre Dame does. Let’s take Wake Forest, see what happens there, and then USC. Then, if we get to the point after USC that we’re undefeated, I’ll go on Oprah if I have to. Maybe I’ll come back on Sirius.

“But for right now, quite honestly, I’m just going to worry about winning football games.”

Instead of Oprah I’d suggest meeting with Nate Silver to see how he can move Notre Dame’s poll numbers.