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Notre Dame's Brian Kelly On Florida State: 'They're Not Built Like Alabama'

Notre Dame is facing the reigning national champion this Saturday in Tallahassee, but Florida State isn't quite on the same level of the last national champion the Fighting Irish played, according to Brian Kelly. 

The 52-year-old coach joined ESPN's "Mike & Mike" program Friday morning to preview his team's primetime matchup against the Seminoles. During the interview, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Chris Carter asked Kelly how Florida State compares to the 2012 Alabama team he battled in the BCS National Championship Game. 

"They're not built like Alabama," Kelly said. "Alabama was a different group. That team, I wouldn't compare it to many; maybe some NFL teams I'd compare it to."

That Alabama team, of course, beat Notre Dame, 42-14, in the national title game. The Crimson Tide rushed for 265 yards against the Fighting Irish and went eight-of-13 on third downs. 

Kelly did compare this Jameis Winston-led Florida State team to a former opponent of his, though. Someone they were victorious against. 

"They remind me a lot of the Oklahoma team we played a couple years ago, with Landry Jones," Kelly said. Notre Dame beat that Oklahoma team in 2012, 30-13. 

Kelly continued about Florida State: 

"I just think it's a veteran team, extremely athletic on defense at all positions. Offensively, skill-position wise, as balanced as an offense that I've seen in a long time. I think that's really their strength in terms of across the board, great balance on offense and a really, really good quarterback. [Jameis Winston] is really good -- makes good decisions, is physical, can run the ball, can make all the throws. They remind me a lot of that Oklahoma team in 2012."

Notre Dame and Florida State are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ABC. 

[247 Sports]