Brian Kelly obviously used Notre Dame’s bye week to his advantage.
The Fighting Irish emerged from their week off with a healthy Brandon Wimbush and a dominant game plan and throttled then-No. 11 USC in Week 8, 49-14. As a result, Kelly was named the Bobby Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week on Tuesday.
“With the first College Football Playoff poll being released next week, Coach Kelly and the Irish put on a show against USC and will surely be a topic of discussion amongst this year’s selection committee,” Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, said in a press release.
Kelly, who many analysts felt entered this season on the hot seat due to Notre Dame’s 4-8 record last year, was one of 20 coaches named to the Dodd Trophy’s midseason watch list. Kelly was also one of 20 coaches added to the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award midseason watch list.
This is the second time in Kelly’s Notre Dame tenure that he has won the weekly award, the first coming in 2015 after the Irish beat No. 21 Temple.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) October 24, 2017
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