“[Redshirt junior] Jaelen Strong is as good as any wide receiver in the country. Big, athletic, fast, he reminds me of [former Notre Dame receiver] Michael Floyd.”

[quote_box_center] Kelly[/quote_box_center]

Redshirt junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong (Photo courtesy Arizona State)

Redshirt junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong (Photo courtesy Arizona State)


“I’m looking forward to seeing a packed house and creating a memory. Each week we stay focused on the task at hand, but playing a team that has the tradition that Notre Dame has and is playing the kind of football that they’re playing right now, this is definitely a game that everyone gets excited about.”

[quote_box_center] Arizona State head coach Todd Graham[/quote_box_center]


“Mike Norvell, one of the best offensive coordinators in the country, does a great job. Great balance on offense. That’s one of the things that stands out right away. Their ability to run the football sets up their play-action pass.”

[quote_box_center] Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly[/quote_box_center]


“The way [Notre Dame senior quarterback Everett Golson] extends plays is the main issue he presents. He is accurate throwing the football, and he has a strong arm. He has got a lot of confidence as well.
“This is top-to-bottom probably the best receiving corps we have faced. … Obviously we have to stop the run, and then we have to make sure to keep him contained. He hurts people a lot on critical downs. He is the key to their whole offense, and he is what makes it work. We must do a great job of containing him.”

[quote_box_center] Graham on Golson[/quote_box_center]



“He’s a very athletic linebacker. He flies around. He still has some work to do — he had a couple mistakes. Everybody had a few mistakes. He definitely shows us some promise, and he’s a really athletic player. Getting him to do his job every time and dial in is going to be the main battle for him.”

[quote_box_center] Notre Dame sophomore safety Max Redfield on freshman linebacker Nyles Morgan’s collegiate debut against Navy[/quote_box_center]


“In 2012, we started the season with the No. 1 schedule in the country. I think we started that way this year, too. That’s all we can do. We go into this putting together the toughest schedule in the country. Nobody else does it that way. They put on teams that are clearly glorified byes. We don’t operate that way. That to me is strength of schedule in terms of the way we put it together. If it’s not evaluated that way, there’s nothing I can do about it. We’re just going to play the schedule that we have and we put together.”

[quote_box_center] Kelly on Notre Dame’s strength of schedule, which has played a part in its relatively low ranking in the College Football Playoff poll[/quote_box_center]


“The 7-1 Irish, still seeking their first signature win, caught a break late Saturday (actually early Sunday) when the 7-1 Sun Devils fended off Utah 19-16 in overtime … Going west and beating ASU would look very good on ND’s résumé, but given the Irish barely cracked the top 10 last week, a loss will be their final straw.”

[quote_box_center]— Stewart Mandel of FOXSports.com on the importance of this weekend’s top-15 matchup[/quote_box_center]


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