"We talked ad nauseam about turnovers," Kelly said.
Will Notre Dame be good?
Yes. A defense that was stellar until the Alabama game has eight returning starters.
Defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III give the Irish legitimate stoppers in the interior, and the secondary also should be splendid.
The schedule is unforgiving, except most of the big games — Michigan, Oklahoma, USC — are in South Bend. Notre Dame, though, also plays a tough neutral-site game against Arizona State and closes the season at Stanford.
Expecting Notre Dame to get every break again is like expecting 21 in blackjack when you hit on 18.
Could it happen? Sure.
"Our players are committed to one goal, and that is to get back to a national championship," Kelly said.
Is it likely?