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Notre Dame has proven track record when it comes to close games

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks to the officials in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks to the officials in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)  (The Associated Press)

The good news for No. 24 Notre Dame is its 10-0 in games decided by a touchdown or less the past two seasons. The bad news is the Irish were favored by two or more touchdowns for half of those close ones.

Coach Brian Kelly says he's not concerned about margin of victory. Kelly says he understands the perception that perhaps the Irish haven't won some games by as large a margin as expected, but doesn't agree with the premise. He says winning is hard.

Another close game against Pittsburgh on Saturday wouldn't be a surprise. Notre Dame's last five games against Pitt have been decided by a touchdown or less, with two of them going to overtime.