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History will not be their guide

The Irish bottomed out after an 8-0 start in 2002

Irish head coach Brian Kelly knows well the program's past failures after landmark victories. They're simply not among his list of concerns.

By now you've been reminded. Reminded of the last time the Notre Dame program reached its present status in the college football world: No. 3 in the BCS, 8-0, and just days removed from the season's biggest, and for many, most surprising road win. All of the above happened in 2002 when Notre Dame defeated Florida State in Tallahassee. They lost the next week in a South Bend slop-fest, falling... Recommended Stories