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Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin said the coaches don’t even need to bring it up. The Fighting Irish have played all season like a team with something to prove.

“I think it’s a little bit part of our kids’ DNA now,” he said. “We don’t have to use it as much as maybe early in the year when we went on the road to Michigan State and they were ranked eighth and nobody was thinking we were very good. I think we’ve kind of just built it into who we are.”