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Notre Dame aims to get back in title chase after posting 4th straight winning season

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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, right, talks with quarterback Everett Golson during practice in South Bend, Ind. Golson has reclaimed the job as Notre Dame's starting quarterback after being suspended last semester for academic impropriety. Coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, said Golson would start against Rice on Aug. 30 and said he hopes he will be the starter for the entire season. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, FILE) (The Associated Press)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says a 9-4 record last season after appearing in the national title game a year earlier was unacceptable.

The Fighting Irish have posted four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1998, but Kelly says that's not enough. He says the Irish need to be in the national conversation as a title contender.

Everett Golson is back as the starting quarterback after being suspended last season for academic impropriety. Notre Dame is hoping he can run the no-huddle, hurry-up spread attack Kelly became known for when he coached at Cincinnati.

The 2014 season brings artificial turf for the first time at Notre Dame Stadium, new Under Armour uniforms and four games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.