For Irish, independence could also mean being left out
9:27PM EST November 16. 2012 - Brian Kelly is voting Notre Dame No. 1, as he should. The coach believes his team is worthy, and if you ask him, he'll explain why.
But that's about the extent of it.
In a three-way race for two spots in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, the Irish rank No. 3, with seemingly little chance of overtaking Kansas State or Oregon should the Wildcats and Ducks remain unbeaten. At least for now, there's not much politicking.
"We're not going there," Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said.
Even if it means the Irish don't go to Miami?
"We know what we've got to do," senior linebacker Manti Te'o said. "We don't care about all that talk. We've got business we have to take care of. If we don't take care of that business, there won't be any more conversation for us."