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Brian Kelly: Notre Dame is in 'good position'

The only number that Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is looking at to judge where his team stands entering the final month of the season is the one under the win column.

The Irish, who improved to 6-2 with a 45-10 victory over Air Force on Saturday, returned to the USA Today coaches poll at No. 25 but remained outside the Associated Press Top 25 and were not in the Harris Poll on Sunday.

The coaches and Harris polls factor into the BCS standings, while the AP poll does not.

But Kelly isn't worried about where his team is ranked – the Irish were the 26th team in the AP and Harris polls – as Notre Dame gets ready to play host to Navy (4-3) on Saturday.

"I think we are still in a pretty good position, as long as we win," Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. "We've got to win more football games. We are only 6-2.

"I think if we take care of business and win week after week, we've got some quality teams in front of us, I think we are right where we need to be, just keep winning football games."

Notre Dame's quality opponents will not show up for another three weeks. After playing host to the Midshipmen, the Irish travel to play 4-3 Pittsburgh.

The Irish then have a bye week before playing host to BYU (6-2) on Nov. 23, and they finish the season at No. 6 Stanford (7-1) on Nov. 30.

"I really believe if we just take care of week to week, we are going to be fine when it is all said and done," Kelly said.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.