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After Southern Cal, the Irish (4-2) play at home against a Navy team that lost to Air Force two weeks ago; face a tough road test at improved Wake Forest, which beat Florida State on Saturday; have a designated home game against Maryland in Landover, Md., and then return to South Bend for a home finale against struggling Boston College. Then comes the regular-season marquee wrap-up at Stanford.

“We have said, ‘Listen, if we want to make the playoffs, here is what we have to do, and that is win each and every week,’” Kelly said.

“So we effectively said, ‘Listen, let’s get into the top 14 in the country, and if you get into the top 14, you’re in the playoffs and that means you’ve got to win a lot of games. They know what they need to do.”

Notes: Floyd, who had six more catches including the first TD with a leaping grab in the end zone Saturday, also was ready for punt return duty. He volunteered for it after the Irish had struggled in that area most of the season. … S Jamoris Slaughter also played some linebacker Saturday. He came up with an interception and a forced fumble. … Star LB Manti Te’o has a mild ankle sprain, an injury he got in practice last week. But he was still able to go Saturday and make 10 tackles. He won’t do much during the bye week. And DE Ethan Johnson, who missed Saturday’s game with a right ankle sprain, is also expected to rest up. … Air Force had 565 yards offense but scored two of its touchdowns late in the game with backups playing for both sides. “Any time we now enter a week where we are preparing against option, yards have nothing to do with the outcome. It’s keeping the points down,” Kelly said.