Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fell back on to an old refrain when he talked about his message to the Irish (8-4) as they get ready to play No. 25 Florida State (8-4) in the Champs Sports Bowl today in Orlando, Fla.
"The message has been we are not at a point where we can just turn it on and turn it off," Kelly said. "We have to practice hard. We have to be prepared. We have to do all the little things to be successful. We are not just going to roll the ball out there and beat our opponents, unless we are locked in in all of these areas.
"The message has been fairly consistent. We've talked about it all week what we have to do to win the football game."
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he didn't have to give his team any extra motivation to win today because so many of the Seminoles are from Florida and enjoy another chance to play in front of family and friends.
"Playing Notre Dame also helps, don't get me wrong. They are a great team," Fisher said.
As far as what will be important in today's game, Fisher pointed to three things.
"Turnovers affect the game more than anything, taking care of the ball is very crucial," Fisher said. "I think penalties and big plays. We created a lot of big plays defensively the first nine or 10 games of the year, and we didn't give up a lot of big plays. … Turnovers, big plays and penalties, I think those three affect the game tremendously."