Some news and notes from both Pittsburgh and Notre Dame camps. Pitt head coach Todd Graham
to remain "up-tempo" even after taking a 27-10 fourth quarter lead over Iowa. The Panthers had three fourth quarter possession and not one took more than two minutes off of the clock. Graham says Notre Dame is the
on their schedule. The
team last year in South Bend, 28-27. Brian Kelly says Irish
after last week's win over Michigan State.
"They're a football team in a first year with coach [Todd] Graham," Kelly said during a conference call Sunday. "They're still learning, they're still learning about the coaching staff. I know where they are relative to that development. We'll be more concerned with what we do and how we do it then losing a tough game. I know we lost a couple tough games, too, and the first thing he'll probably do is talk about, 'Put that behind you, because you've got Notre Dame coming into town. Because if you let that linger you'll get beat by Notre Dame.'"
"I think we've got the best team on our schedule coming in here this week," Graham said at his weekly news conference. "I'm very surprised by Notre Dame's record.
"I believe strongly in the system. As we progress and become more mentally and physically conditioned, then we will get better. I looked at the film, and our mistakes were not made from being too tired or playing too many snaps on defense.
"An offense is about running a rhythm, and you can't just change the rhythm and expect to be successful.’’