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“That’s a good thing, all three of those things,” Kelly said. “That means good things are happening in your program. Those are the kinds of problems I want to have to deal with on a day-to-day basis because that means that you’re developing your program in a manner that is putting you in a position to compete for championships.”

Kelly expects everyone to be ready to play against the Crimson Tide. Nose guard Louis Nix is recovering from a wrist injury and tackle Zack Martin is recovering from an ankle injury. Receiver DaVaris Daniels, who sustained a broken left clavicle against Boston College, also is expected to be back.

Kelly said his goal during the six weeks between games _ two days longer than the time between the sixth game of the season against Stanford and the final game of the regular season against Southern California _ is for the Irish to heal, improve and be ready Jan. 7.

“It’s a one-game deal,” he said.