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Focus during bye week, other notes

Purdue is coming off a bye. Coach Danny Hope was pleased with what the team got accomplished during its time off.

“We think we got done what we had set out to get done. We wanted to get some rest first. After the Southeast Missouri game, they had Sunday afternoon off, off Monday, off Tuesday and Wednesday. It gave them the chance to heal up a little bit, freshen up a little bit, get away. Get some personal time,” Hope said during his weekly news conference.

“Then we came out and practiced well on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, most exclusively with our preparation for Notre Dame that went very well. Gave us a chance to put together a game plan and take it out on the practice field and test it some, and do that over and over again, and we think that it makes a difference for the game on Saturday.:

Hope on Notre Dame

Here’s Purdue coach Danny Hope’s take on this week’s opponent, Notre Dame.

“They are an excellent football team and loaded with talent. They have turned the ball over a lot in their first four games, and that's probably why they are not undefeated. But they certainly have the talent and play like a Top-10 football team,” he said.

Holland on Notre Dame

Purdue linebacker Joe Holland was asked Tuesday what a win against Notre Dame would mean for him and the Boilermakers.

“It’d be huge,” he said. “This is our last game before the conference schedule. It’s not just any other game, this is Notre Dame week. You’ve got a home game, 8 p.m., under the lights. It would be huge for our team and great momentum going into the Big Ten schedule.”