And so welcome, Domers, to Full Blinders Mode.
No. 1 Alabama loses, Notre Dame goes to 10-0 with a cruise-control stroll past eternal nemesis Boston College, and nothing changes inside Brian Kelly's bubble. He didn't bother to tell his team Saturday night about the Crimson Tide going down, which will likely vault the Irish into a three-team race for the BCS title game with Kansas State and Oregon. And that's not something he wants mentioned, either.
Kelly and his Irish have, after all, gotten to 10-0 precisely by shutting out the world around them, so why change it up now? Kelly won't, even though he admitted Sunday that he did vote Notre Dame No. 1 in the coaches' poll. And his players have bought into it, too -- as evidenced by quarterback Everett Golson, who says he turned off the Alabama game Saturday even though the Tide was losing at the time.
Who needs the distraction, when there's distraction simply because you're Notre Dame and you're 10-0?
"You can't really look forward to anything like that or you'll kind of drop the ball and not stick to the course," he said. "My head is just down, just sticking on, just preparing, trying to get the next one."
Until there are no next ones left, presumably.