Irish try to avoid 0-3 against Spartans

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- It's only the 16th game of Brian Kelly's coaching career at Notre Dame as the Irish face No. 15 face Michigan State. For the many fans growing impatient at an 0-2 start, Saturday's matchup could be the most crucial of his short tenure.

Kelly says he's not listening to the critics who are wondering why the Irish can't stop making mistakes or losing close games.

Another loss would give the Irish an 0-3 record for the first time since they dropped their first five in 2007 under Charlie Weis and would leave Kelly with a .500 record at South Bend. It would also pretty much wreck Notre Dame's chances of making a BCS bowl.