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The Waiting Game

Te'o's energy will be tested this week on tour

45 days will pass between Notre Dame's handling of USC and its matchup with No. 2 Alabama. For head coach Brian Kelly, the potential benefits of that extended break outweigh the pitfalls.

In the 2011 BCS Championship game, the nation's top scoring offense (Oregon, 47 ppg) and the offense ranked seventh (Auburn, 41 ppg) combined for 41 points. In the 2012 BCS Championship game, No. 1 LSU, a team that beat Alabama 9-6 in Tuscaloosa and had previously handled eight teams ranked among the nation's top 25 (EIGHT!) instead looked like a team that prepared its game plan on the pre...

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