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Kelly relieved to avoid BCS politics


Kelly relieved to avoid BCS politics

Brian Kelly said earlier in the fall he aimed to stay out of BCS politics. But as Notre Dame's path to the BCS Championship became clear in requiring two teams ahead of them to lose, it became difficult for Kelly to steer clear of politicking for his team.

After Notre Dame beat Boston College to improve to 10-0, Kelly voted his team No. 1 in the coaches poll, which is a component of the BCS. No other coach did. While Kelly said he told his team he believed they were No. 1, on some level, Kelly was doing his part to improve Notre Dame's standing in the BCS.

That was one thing Kelly could control -- his vote in the coaches poll. He had Notre Dame No. 2 before Alabama lost, and then moved them to No. 1. Nobody's questioning his No. 1 vote for Notre Dame this week, though.

"Oh, absolutely, but I understand it, too," Kelly said, relieved to not have to answer questions about politicking. "It comes with the territory, you're going to have those questions posed to you, and the best thing that I can do is keep our football team focused on the next game, and that's what we tried to do."

No matter how well Notre Dame played, and no matter what Kelly did, the Irish needed some combination of Alabama, Kansas State and Oregon to lose to have a chance to reach the national title. All three lost in successive weekends, and as long as Notre Dame beats USC, there won't be any BCS controversy in 2012.

"It's like being selected for the playoffs," Kelly said. "Now you know you're in if you take care of business, and you've got to win each week. I think it's more about just the feeling that you're included now in the race for a championship."

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville