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Kelly wants seventh-ranked Notre Dame to stick to the plan he used at Grand Valley, Cincinnati

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly wants his players to stick to the plan.

Kelly said it's the same plan he used when Grand Valley State went 14-0 in 2002 and won the Division II national championship, when the spotlight shining on the program came from the Detroit media. It's the plan he used in leading Cincinnati to a 12-0 start in 2009, before accepting the Notre Dame job.

He's sticking to the plan now that the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish (5-0) are off to their best start in a decade. The plan is to stay focused on today and make sure Irish players aren't looking at the big picture. The focus now is No. 17 Stanford (4-1), which has beaten the Irish three straight times.