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Not for style

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly kept his starting offense in for most of Saturday's 45-21 blowout of Maryland.

But the coach insists it wasn't to get the attention of pollsters.

Instead Kelly said the first-team offense was kept on the field to get in the necessary work it needs to continue to develop.

"I don't look at it as style points as much as, you know, just progressing our football team, getting them better," Kelly said. "You know, we've had our inconsistencies in terms of turnovers, so we're still trying to get better, and you know, it was nice that our defense got most of the time in the game. We get a lot of those younger players. If it was flipped, we would have had more time on offense. It just worked out on defense this time."