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Notre Dame's scheduling quirk

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly couldn't explain Tuesday how his team drew back-to-back games against teams that run option offenses.

The Irish (5-2) play Air Force (1-6) on Saturday then play host to Navy on Nov. 2.

The only thing Kelly could say about it was that he didn't ask for the schedule to be set up that way.

"I mean, you can ask me how the Democrats and Republicans work together more so than putting the schedule together," Kelly said. "I don't know how they put the schedule together. It's just a complicated moving of games with the ACC and trying to get alliances that have been out there with different contracts. And sometimes it just falls that way.

"I think this is more of a coincidence than it is, 'Hey, you know Coach Kelly would like to get both option teams together back to back weeks.' I don't think that conversation ever happened."