Quick Hits: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's Stanford week press conference

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Two top 10 teams will meet in Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night. The No. 8 Irish (4-0) will host No. 7 Stanford (4-0) in the annual battle between two academically focused football powers.

Before Saturday night's game, which will kick off at 7:36 on NBC, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly spoke with reporters on Tuesday to preview the matchup and discuss the status of his Irish team.

Below are notable comments from Kelly:

• On Stanford running back Bryce Love: "He's going to get his yards. He's just too good of a player," Kelly said. He added that the focus is limiting his ability to turn touches into long gains.

• Kelly said Dexter Williams brings an explosiveness at the second level to the running back position. Kelly said he doesn't expect Williams to get 20 carries against Stanford as they integrate him into the rotation.

• Kelly said quaraterbacks Ian Book and Brandon Wimbush complement each other, but they're not necessarily interchangeable. Each has certain plays that suit them best. "I don't think they have the same skill sets," Kelly said.

• On the atmosphere he expects in Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night: "I hope it's a great atmosphere. We thrive on our home field. We've had a good run going at home."

• On using the three-game losing three streak against Stanford as motivation: "You can talk about not winning the last three games, but what we need to do is play better for four quarters."

• On the improvement on special teams. "If you don't have effort in special teams, you don't have special teams, period."

• On Stanford head coach David Show: "He's run a great program. His teams are well-coached, organized. Their systems are consistent within their program."

• On the decision to play Trevor Ruhland at right guard against Wake Forest as Tommy Kraemer dealt with a minor ankle injury: "Tommy not a 100 percent would not have been as effective as Trevor would have been in that situation." Kelly said there hasn't been a decision on who will start, and he's open to the possibility of the two rotating at right guard.

• On freshman defensive tackle Jamion Franklin's quad injury: "He's going to need surgery, which will end his season. It's a surgery that we don't have very often — quad tendon surgery." Kelly said he will be back for spring.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly exits the field following Notre Dame’s 56-27 win over Wake Forest in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, NC.