"I think our team has done a tremendous job in following through with the expectations that we hold for ourselves and that Coach Kelly has for us," he said. "I think that is a definite direct correlation to our success thus far in the season."
Tight end Tyler Eifert said in past seasons the Irish let the wins and losses effect how they play.
"We've just learned from our mistakes and gotten better," he said. "When you win a game, you haven't arrived. We're a good football team, but we have a long way to go."
The Irish this week face No. 17 Stanford (4-1), which has not just beaten the Irish three straight, but beaten them handily the past two seasons.
"They haven't beaten Stanford and I would say if there is one team that has beaten us physically it's been Stanford, and they know that," Kelly said.
He said the Irish can see from watching film of Stanford that it has been physically intimidating opponents, including an upset of USC.
"They don't need much push from me to know what to expect this weekend," Kelly said.
They also don't need much reminding from him about what he expects. He expects the Irish to stick to the plan.