Irish stay at No. 5 in BCS rankings

Notre Dame held steady at No. 5 in this week's BCS rankings, though its computer ranking did slip from No. 2 to No. 3.

No difference to Brian Kelly, as the coach re-iterated earlier Sunday on a teleconference.

"Not really," he said of paying attention to BCS standings right now. "I know it's good for our fans and they like to see it, and we're fine with that. We'd rather be part of the conversation than not. As it relates to my day-to-day operations with our football team and preparing them, it has no significance in terms of what we do.

"I understand the big picture of it, our players do, it's great for our university, but it's not going to change the way we prepare and how we go to work each and every day."

With four undefeated teams ahead of the Irish -- and with three holding the potential to run the table -- Kelly was asked earlier if it is maddening that his team cannot control its own destiny in the truest sense.

"Well, I think clearly that's why there's going to be a new BCS," Kelly said. "They don't want anybody left out. That's not going to be the case this year, and if it ends up that there's three teams undefeated, only two are going to play. I think everybody knows the rules of the game going in, and that's why they're going to be changed moving forward. That's why we'll just control what we can control."