The road for Notre Dame is about to get a lot tougher.
The 20th-ranked Fighting Irish (2-0) play at No. 10 Michigan State (2-0) on Saturday, the first of three road games this season against teams now in the top 10. The Irish play at No. 5 Oklahoma on Oct. 27 and at No. 2 Southern California in the regular-season finale.
Notre Dame is just 2-11 on the road against top 10 teams since Lou Holtz left in 1996. That is either a big problem or a tremendous opportunity. Irish coach Brian Kelly believes the Irish are ready, saying they better be or they will be "run out of the stadium."
Kelly also said most of the players injured against Purdue will be ready to play Saturday.